Air Marshal Jagdish Chandra, who took over today as chief of the Indian Air Force's crucial Maintenance Command, is reputed to be keenly focused on indigenisation and self-reliance of maintenance processes in the service. His tenure at this critical functional formation of the IAF, sources say, is likely to engender new thought processes on reducing dependence on OEMs and foreign suppliers in the the IAF's maintenance practices.
In his address to the Air Warriors of the Maintenance Command IAF on taking over the charge, Air Mshl Chandra said "The units of Maintenance Command have a vital role to play so that IAF retains its cutting edge in combat preparedness. Technology is advancing at a very rapid pace and the state of art equipment is under induction. In order to maintain aircraft and equipment with required operational efficiency, it is incumbent for all of us to quickly absorb the technology and new methods."