Head of IAF – The New Indian Express

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Express press service

NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force chief aired an independent view on the creation of an exclusive Air Defense Command (AD) on Friday calling the move “counterproductive”.

This view is not in line with the plan outlined more than two years ago by the first Chief of the Defense Staff as part of large-scale military reforms.

The argument advanced by the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) is that although coordination among all elements working for India’s aerospace security is necessary, air defense and counter-attack operations air cannot be carried out by separate formations.

The Air Chief also pointed out that anti-national elements could use sub-conventional air platforms against our vital installations.

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said: “Although close coordination between all elements within a single airspace is necessary to ensure aerospace security as well as effective air defence, the creation of an AD command can be counter-productive…”.

And this, according to CAS, “..because air defense operations are inextricably linked with counter-air operations and all offensive operations, for the success or failure of either, will dictate the demands of the other.

AD and offensive missions are interdependent and if executed in isolation would not only be disjointed but also ineffective in designing or executing joint strategy, he added during his keynote address at the Air Seminar. and Missile Defense India 2022 hosted by New Delhi. think tank Center for Joint Warfare Studies.

A major reform of the country’s top defense organization was initiated by the first Chief of the Defense Staff in February 2020. General Bipin Rawat, then Chief of the Army, was appointed on December 31 first CDS.

As TNIE reported on June 29, the Army and Navy have already completed and submitted their study on the matter.

Asserting his argument against creating an exclusive AD command, the air chief pointed to the induction of all-purpose combatants inducted into the force in recent years and this move will negate their usefulness.

The leader highlighted the vulnerability of our strategic facilities to sub-conventional attacks.

“Given the prevailing threat scenario in the country, the use of sub-conventional air platforms by anti-national elements against our vital strategic and military installations cannot be ruled out.” Head of air highlighted.

As for the differences of the Air Force with those of the Army and Navy, there has been IAF reluctance over the allocation of Air Force assets and this has led to a delay in finalizing the dramatization process. He pointed out that of the 42 sanctioned combat squadrons, the IAF operates with just 30.

Emphasizing that flexibility, one of the characteristics of air power, gives a planner the freedom to change roles depending on the air situation and this must be capitalized on, the air chief added, “Modern aircraft 4.5 and 5th generation aircraft have omni-role capability and limiting these aircraft to a single role would lead to their underutilization, says ACM Chaudhari.

Speaking on the joint structure in June this year, the Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari said the three services were on “the same page” on matters of formulating joint structures.

“The IAF remains fully committed to integration that drives transformation and enhancement of overall national combat power,” he said.

The combat structure of the armed forces (army, air force and navy) is being reorganized into theater commands with the aim of consolidating the assets of the three forces under a single commander responsible for all operations under his theater.

The goal of reform is quick decision and faster operations to meet the demands of modern warfare, which is notorious for being short and fast.

NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force chief aired an independent view on the creation of an exclusive Air Defense Command (AD) on Friday calling the move “counterproductive”. This view is not in line with the plan outlined more than two years ago by the first Chief of the Defense Staff as part of large-scale military reforms. The argument advanced by the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) is that although coordination among all elements working for India’s aerospace security is necessary, air defense and counter-attack operations air cannot be carried out by separate formations. The Air Chief also pointed out that anti-national elements could use sub-conventional air platforms against our vital installations. Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said: “Although close coordination between all elements within a single airspace is necessary to ensure aerospace security as well as effective air defence, the creation of an AD command can be counter-productive…”. And this, according to CAS, “..because air defense operations are inextricably linked with counter-air operations and all offensive operations, for the success or failure of either, will dictate the demands of the AD and offensive missions are interdependent and if executed in isolation would not only be disjointed but also ineffective in designing or executing the joint strategy, he added during his inaugural speech at the Air and Missile Defense India 2022 seminar organized by New Delhi think tank Center for Joint Warfare Studies A major reform of the country’s top defense organization has been initiated by the first Chief of the Defense Staff in February 2020. General Bipin Rawat, then Army Chief, was appointed as the first CDS on December 31. As TNIE reported on June 29, the Army and Navy have already completed and submitted their study on the matter Affirming his a Arguing against the creation of an exclusive AD command, the air chief pointed to the induction of all-round combatants inducted into the force in recent years and this move will negate their usefulness. The leader highlighted the vulnerability of our strategic facilities to sub-conventional attacks. “Given the prevailing threat scenario in the country, the use of sub-conventional air platforms by anti-national elements against our vital strategic and military installations cannot be ruled out.” Head of air highlighted. As for the differences of the Air Force with those of the Army and Navy, there has been IAF reluctance over the allocation of Air Force assets and this has led to a delay in finalizing the dramatization process. He highlighted that of the 42 sanctioned combat squadrons, the IAF only operates about 30. Emphasizing that flexibility, one of the characteristics of air power, gives a planner the freedom to change roles depending on the air situation and this must be capitalized on, the air chief added, “Aircraft modern 4.5 and 5th generation aircraft have omni-role capability and restricting these aircraft to a single role would lead to their underutilization.” Says ACM Chaudhari. Speaking on the joint structure in June this year, the Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari said the three services were on “the same page” on matters of formulating joint structures. “The IAF remains fully committed to integration that drives transformation and enhancement of overall national combat power,” he said. The combat structure of the armed forces (army, air force and navy) is being reorganized into theater commands with the aim of consolidating the assets of the three forces under a single commander responsible for all operations under his theater. The goal of reform is quick decision and faster operations to meet the demands of modern warfare, which is notorious for being short and fast.

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