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IAF’s critical shortfalls in fighter squadrons & force-multipliers need to be plugged: Air chief | India News


NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force‘Serious shortfalls’ in the number of fighter squadrons and force multipliers need to be urgently remedied to ensure the force maintains a combat advantage, Air Marshal VR Chaudhari said on Thursday, as China upgraded all air bases facing India to station more fighters, bombers and drones there.
The air Force In a speech at a conference here, the Indian Prime Minister also said that India must strengthen its ties and strategic partnerships with other like-minded countries to strengthen its “collective strength” in the region. while maintaining its own strategic autonomy.
“The IAF needs to develop into an aerospace power, and to do so, it needs to develop its ability to fight and win future wars. ACM Chaudhari said multi-domain operations and mixed warfare are still here and as such, we must reorganize and reform to keep pace with technology to stay relevant.
“There are some serious shortcomings such as a lack of fighter squadrons and force multiplication that need to be prioritized to be addressed in order to maintain our combat advantage,” he added. By the way, the IAF currently has only 30-31 fighter squadrons left when their ‘authorized strength’ to deal with the threat of collusion between China and Pakistan is 42.5 squadrons.
Noting that India’s neighborhood continues to be “unstable and uncertain”, the head of the IAF said: “In this volatile context, we must strengthen our collective strength. by partnering with countries that share our beliefs and values.”
“We must use our image as a stable country with considerable economic strength to forge mutually beneficial relationships and strategic partnerships. It is essential that we retain our strategic autonomy and for that, a balanced strategy, in my opinion, as espoused by John Mearsheimerwould be the way forward, he added.
India must develop its own strategy to survive and thrive in the midst of ongoing geopolitical competition without losing sight of its long-term goals. This has been shown, he said, through India’s ‘balanced position’ at the United Nations in ongoing conflicts like Russia-Ukraine as well as its decision to act in its national interest regarding involved in importing oil at the best price despite pressure from various countries. precious.
“The actions we take today and the policies we adopt will determine the trajectory of our place in the world order in the decades to come,” said ACM Chaudhari. Affirming that there can be no soft power without sufficient and reliable hard power, he added: “Only when our borders, airspace and coasts are secured will India be able to develop strong development”.

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