IAF Chief Marshal VR Chaudhar – The New Indian Express

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By PTI

NEW DELHI: Definite progress has been made in the ongoing deliberations on the dramatization plan and the Indian Air Force (IAF) remains fully committed to the integration of the three services to enhance comprehensive national combat power, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said Sunday.

In an interview with PTI, the Air Chief of Staff said the IAF hopes that the final structures, as they are released, will be strong, robust and capable of dealing with threats. existing and future.

“The process of dramatizing the Indian Armed Forces is at a deliberative stage. There are a few issues that are being discussed and definite progress has been made in this aspect,” he said.

Under the plan, each of the theater commands will have army, navy, and air force units and all will work as a single entity tasked with addressing security challenges within a specified geographic territory under the direction of an operational commander.

Currently, the army, navy, and air force have separate commands.

Initially, a plan was firmed up for the creation of an air defense command and a maritime theater command.

“While deliberations are ongoing, we hope that the final structures, as they are formed, will be powerful, robust and capable of dealing with existing and future threats,” the Chief of Staff said. of the Air Force.

“Therefore, the joint structures that we can form must be specific to our environment, deliberate enough and designed to clearly state the tasks and roles of each service,” he said.

Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari said the three services are on “the same page” when it comes to these general aspects of formulating joint structures.

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

“We are confident that the armed forces will meet the nation’s aspirations and arrive at a model that is most effective and ready for the future,” the IAF chief added.

He said the IAF is committed to joint operational planning based on the principles of improving the combat power and effectiveness of armed forces operations.

The Air Chief of Staff was asked about the perception that the IAF is not very supportive of the dramatization initiative.

Theater commands are planned to integrate the capabilities of the three services and ensure optimal use of their resources.

The Department of Military Affairs under India’s first chief of staff, General Bipin Rawat, last year asked the three services to carry out independent studies on the plan to dramatize its deployment.

Deliberations on the dramatization plan slowed down a bit after General Rawat died in a helicopter crash last December.

“My vision for the IAF is to build on the strong foundations of our service and make it more efficient and ever ready to protect the sovereignty of our nation,” the IAF chief said, in response to a separate question. .

“We aim to achieve this through improving our overall operational capabilities, introducing modern technologies and ensuring better maintainability and availability of our assets,” he said. he declares.

Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari said the coming years will demand more rigorous, regular and realistic training in multi-domain warfare.

“Agility in thought and action through tightly integrated command and control structures should provide us with increased responsiveness and lethality,” he said.

“At the same time, we continue to work tirelessly to provide better working and living conditions for all our air combatants through the improvement of our infrastructure and the evolution of transparent human resources policies and contemporary,” he noted.

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