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New Delhi [India], October 3 (ANI): Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan chaired the tri-services commanders' conference of military commanders looking after the western front (western group) on Tuesday to discuss the emerging geopolitical situation and aspects of operational synergy amongst the three services, an official said.

"The commanders will deliberate for two days and discuss the emerging geopolitical situation and aspects of operational synergy amongst the three services," defence officials said.

The CDS has already held similar meetings for the northern theatre and maritime theatre in the last few months as part of discussions towards creating theatre commands.

On August 22 this year, while working towards the creation of three new theatre commands, Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan, began deliberations with top military commanders from the three services about the nuances of maritime theatre commands and the related issues in the maritime domain.

8203;The meeting of the Chief of Defence Staff with the commands deployed in the peninsular and island territories of the country comes a few weeks after he held a similar meeting with the military commanders responsible for securing the borders with China.

8203;"CDS is meeting the senior Military Commanders from the three services including the Andaman and Nicobar Command, Southern Air and Naval Commands, and Navy's Western and Eastern Commands to discuss the future structures and responsibilities of the Maritime Theatre Command being created to tackle the threats from that domain," top government sources said.

8203;The Maritime Theatre Command is envisaged to be responsible for tackling threats and security challenges from all sides encompassing the entire Indian Ocean and Pacific region where the activities of the Chinese military have increased in the last many years.

8203;As part of promoting the Tri-Service culture in the forces, the services are having cross postings of personnel from one force to the other as recently Army officers from Air Defence units are getting posted to the Air Force Surface to Air Missile (SAM) Squadrons.8203;The joint acquisition of weapon systems has already started in the Armed Forces with the case of procurement of Predator drones from the US to be followed up by the Medium Altitude Long Endurance drones being next on the agenda.

8203;The Services will also have joint maintenance of their equipment like the Helicopters, Small Arms, Aircraft etc to make significant savings both monetarily as well as in time. (ANI)

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