Indian Air Force

Indian Air Force

News: Recently, AeroIndia 2023 is conducted in Bengaluru. It is not just restricted to the biggest exhibition of India’s air power push for Indian defense manufacturing but also displays IAF’s revised doctrine.

 Despite the commitment of the IAF to national security, the history of India’s use of air power is one of restraint (except during the 1971 war).
 It is primarily due to 2 factors – I) lack of understanding of the rapid technological changes in the features of air power on a global scale and II) India’s traditional surface-dominant security outlook and looking at air power as a only that as support service.

What is the need for revised doctrine?
 Addressing India’s security concerns will require a multidisciplinary approach due to the fact that - Asia is the focal point of the geopolitical turmoil and India’s two adversaries have capable air forces.
 External (terrorism, border stand-offs) and internal security, Sovereignty protection, deterrence, air diplomacy and nation-building remain peace-time imperatives.
 To ensure SAGAR, as well as the Indo-Pacific construct.

What is IAF’s revised doctrine?
 Focus on the criticality of controlling the skies to provide a clearer understanding of the redefined characteristics of aerospace power and its expanded capabilities and ot address contemporary and future warfare.
 Acknowledges that future aerospace and defence capabilities are national force multipliers.
 Offensive air operations and air defence.
 Holistic application of combat power, comprising the IAF’s coordinated operations along with army-naval operations, civil aviation and space agencies. The recent test landing of the naval variant of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) on board INS Vikrant is a good example.

Way Forward
 A novel air strategy covers the entire spectrum from peace and war to the unique no-war-no-peace condition confronting the country.
 Concepts of human resources, training and operational testing and evaluation remains a priority.
 The expansion of battle spaces (cyber and electronic warfare, information warfare), the necessity of India’s future joint military strategy, constitute the foundation of IAF’s future air strategy.

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