IAF’s glorious past and a challenging future
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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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.