IAF’s glo­ri­ous past and a chal­leng­ing fu­ture

SP's MAI - - EDITOR’S DESK -

The jour­ney of In­dian the Air Force (IAF), which cel­e­brated its 81st birth­day on Oc­to­ber 8, has been marked by many mile­stones. The youngest armed forces out­fit has been grow­ing at a scorching pace, keep­ing abreast of na­tional se­cu­rity needs and it is now on the thresh­old of mas­sive mod­erni­sa­tion which will cat­a­pult In­dia’s air power to a dif­fer­ent league al­to­gether.

It was on Oc­to­ber 8, 1932, the In­dian Air Force was of­fi­cially es­tab­lished as an aux­il­iary air force of the Bri­tish Em­pire. Sub­se­quent to in­de­pen­dence, the IAF has made enor­mous strides in its ca­pa­bil­i­ties. It was in­volved in four ma­jor wars, two of which in­cluded the wars with Pakistan and China. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Mar­shal N.A.K. Browne has said the year gone by has been “quite chal­leng­ing, yet ex­tremely re­ward­ing.”

SP’s M.A.I. con­grat­u­lates the In­dian Air Force on its 81st an­niver­sary and looks for­ward to its as­tound­ing growth, a mat­ter of sig­nif­i­cant pride to the na­tion.

Mod­erni­sa­tion of the armed forces con­tin­ues and we have good news that the Mi­rage 2000 has been up­graded to put it in the fourth­gen­er­a­tion cat­e­gory. There are many other pro­grammes which are likely to see fruition in the com­ing months that is in­deed go­ing to trans­form IAF into a mod­ern air power. While we are await­ing fi­nali- sa­tion of the medium multi-role com­bat air­craft (MMRCA) deal, we hear of the De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion Coun­cil giv­ing its stamp of ap­proval for pur­chase of six ad­di­tional C-130J air­craft for spe­cialised mis­sions.

In his frank and forth­right col­umn, Lt Gen­eral (Retd) P.C. Ka­toch has opined that con­sid­er­ing the volatile neigh­bour­hood we have, In­dia needs to beef up its se­cu­rity of mil­i­tary es­tab­lish­ments, in the light of the surge in at­tacks on mil­i­tary bases. He has also un­der­lined the need to de­velop a co­her­ent de­ter­rent against un­con­ven­tional threats, mere diplo­macy hav­ing failed mis­er­ably and threats hav­ing mag­ni­fied.

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Happy read­ing !

Jayant Baran­wal Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions has proudly pub­lished a cof­fee ta­ble book – Trans­for­ma­tion of the IAF. The book was re­leased by Air Chief Mar­shal N.A.K. Browne, Chief of the Air Staff on Oc­to­ber 7, eve of the Air Force day.

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