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Joint planning of Army, Navy, IAF key to win any war: IAF chief Dhanoa

The IAF chief said all the three services will have to adopt a coherent approach to effectively deal with all possible security threats

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

IAF Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa
IAF Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa

of Air Staff B S has strongly pitched for institutionalised structure for joint planning among the Indian Air Force, and so that the country wins any war in future in the "shortest possible" time.

The IAF said all the three services will have to adopt a coherent approach to effectively deal with all possible security threats facing the country, asserting that his force strongly stands for "jointness".

"No single service can win the war solely on its own inherent organic capabilities given the variety of threats which nations are capable of inflicting upon each other," he said

"Thus it is imperative that the three services promote joint planning and exploit the strengths of to help win a war in the shortest possible time. by itself is one theatre," he told

There have been deliberations within the government and the three forces on whether should go for integrated theatre commands where all the manpower and assets of the three services will be under the command of one The US as well as several western countries follow this model.

There were voices within the defence establishment who were in favour of setting up at least two theatre commands -- one in western sector for dealing with and other in eastern sector for dealing with any eventuality along the frontier with

Though there is no clear indication of whether the government was serious about setting up theatre commands, in April, it formed a (DPC) headed by Security Advisor (NSA) to prepare a security strategy with a focus on ensuring convergence among the three forces.

"What we require is an institutionalised structure for joint planning. Incidentally, IAF is the only service that deputes senior officers who serve alongside principal fighting formations of the other two services so as to improve and enhance their combat potential in achieving desired outcomes," said Air Marshal

He said the IAF enables the and the to achieve laid down objectives set by the political leadership.

At present, has 17 single-service commands. The country's only tri-services command was set up in 2001 in the strategically located Andaman and Nicobar.

Nearly two years back, reorganised its into five theatre commands to enhance the overall capabilities of the forces.

Asked about the IAF's long-pending modernisation initiative, said his force has a capability-driven modernisation plan with an aim to achieve full spectrum capabilities.

"It is the IAF's endeavour to achieve self-sufficiency through a focused, sustained and evolved indigenisation programmes by supporting the Make in India' initiative. Rest assured, IAF is prepared to respond to future challenges and safeguard the Indian skies," he said.

The IAF chief said the government was pursuing multiple initiatives to achieve higher levels of indigenisation and self-reliance in the defence sector.

This, he said, was sought to be achieved by harnessing the capabilities of both the public and the private sector industries, thus increasing the defence industrial base in the country.

"Self-reliance is a major cornerstone on which the capability of any nation must rest. Our country has immense potential to leverage the manpower and engineering capability within the country for attaining self-reliance in design, development & in defence sector," he said.

First Published: Sun, November 18 2018. 15:10 IST