‘In the Transfer of Technology Cases, HAL Needs To Enhance The Rate Of Technology   Assimilation’
  Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC

Synergy between various arms of the forces is vital for success in any battle. Co-operation between IAF and IN is enshrined in our operational doctrine. It is not a matter of choice. It is rather an inherent element of our war fighting strategy.
We regularly exercise with the IN, during joint exercises over sea. Our force multipliers like the in-flight refuelling aircraft and the AWACS are fully integrated with Navy’s airborne as well as surface formations, and there is seamless transfer of targeting priorities among the two forces at sea. With the induction of MiG-29Ks, there is bound to be a quantum jump in the airborne capability of the IN. This, in conjunction with the long range Air Dominance Fighters of IAF, is certainly going to be a force to reckon with, over the sea, in the coming years. There will also be a quantum jump in NCO capability when the TRIGUN network of IN matures and is integrated with IAF’s IACCS network. just as IAF exercises over sea, so does IN train with IAF formations like TACDE and ASTE. In fact, the aircrew of both the forces train together in their initial days and imbibe the vital camaraderie essential for any joint operations. In a nutshell, the synergy between the two forces is only going to grow in the years ahead.

IAF is presently modernising its fleet by both new inductions as well as upgrades of the existing weapon platforms and systems. The modernisation programme of IAF gained momentum during the 11th plan period and we have added more SU-30 MKIs, C-130J, Flight Refuellers, AWACS, radars of various classes, and missiles to our inventory. We have also achieved certain milestones in our progress towards network centricity. The modernisation process is being further accelerated during the 12th plan period, and we have planned induction of more SU-30 MKIs, LCA, MMRCA, C-17, additional C-130J, Flight Refuellers, AWACS, Helicopters of all classes, Radars and Missile systems. We would also be procuring more UAVs and upgrading the existing ones. IAF would also achieve complete network centricity during the 12th plan period. In addition, various support services are also being inducted and the existing ones are being upgraded. The Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure (MAFI) project has been initiated that would substantially enhance the operational environment. The modernisation drive of the IAF would ensure adequate force levels and support services to meet all the security challenges of the future.
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