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“ENVISIONING SUPREMACY IN THE SKIES” : INDIAN AIR FORCE

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"ENVISIONING SUPREMACY IN THE SKIES" : INDIAN AIR FORCE
The supremacy in skies has been the critical factor in determining the outcome of modern war. A well aided fleet of fighter aircraft can conduct air operations decimating the enemy in battle field and in the words of Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, “If we lose the war in the air, we lose the war and we lose it quickly.”.

Sensing urgency to maintain the air supremacy the Indian Government has undertaken modernization program of Indian Air Force after its fleet was down to all time low of 30 fighter squadrons against the assessed requirement of 42 squadrons. A fighter squadrons consist of 18 aircrafts and MIG-21 squadrons continue to be operational despite being dubbed as flying coffins. With over 180 IAF pilots have been killed in MIG-21 accidents the urgency of replacing the ageing fleet necessitated the introduction of development of India’s own supersonic fighter Tejas Programme.

With the MIG21 & MIG 27 squadrons to be phased out in the next five years the Indian Government has decided to induct fourth generation 83 LCA Tejas Mark 1A aircraft at the cost of ₹ 50,000 crore which has improved serviceability, faster weapon loading time, enhanced survivability, better electronic warfare suit and AESA radar significantly enhancing its capability. The decision will be major boost for domestic aerospace & indigenous defense industry and strengthen the movement to create an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

The Indian Air force continues to receive Rafale fighter jets from France and the deal was signed in 2016 to induct 2 fighter squadrons for the cost of ₹ 59,000 crore. Along with this the Indian Government has floated tender for acquiring 114 combat aircraft expected to cost over ₹1.3 lakh crore. And the fighter aircraft’s are required to be made in India under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat with transfer of technology to the Indian partner. American Defense company Lockheed Martin has exclusively offered its F-21, F-18 Super Hornet, F-15 Strike Eagle military aircraft to India. French avionics major Dassault Aviation has also evinced interest to manufacture the 4.5 generation military Rafael fighter aircraft in India. And this will enable India to have 37 squadrons of fighter jets by 2025 to for a possible two-front war scenario with China / Pakistan.

And with futuristic vision the Indian Government has decided to develop, build & induct AMCA 5th-generation fighter jet program which will involve the DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization), the HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited), and a private company. The fighter aircraft is likely to be developed in HAL facility in Bangalore, Nashik and the stealth fighter aircraft will be inducted in 2029 to replace Tejas, Sukhoi-30 MKI,Rafael, MIG-29. The multi role fifth generation fighter aircraft will have very low observable stealth, advanced sensors, information fusion and network connectivity with high maneuverability and pave way for development of sixth generation prototype aircraft through future collaboration with countries in the free democratic world. DRDO’s Ghatak Stealth Unmanned Combat Drone Programme is deep penetration strike bomber for the Indian Armed Forces is likely to be inducted in the coming decade and will significantly boost the air power of the Indian Air Force.  

UMESH AGARWAL
UMESH AGARWAL
Everybody has an opinion. Do they, however, truly matter? These days, blending various viewpoints has resulted in the development of hazardous concoctions of perspectives. The true goal, however, was to cultivate serious intellectual revolutions that would influence the people and create a community that might affect global change. About Umesh Agarwal Umesh Agarwal, a conscientious Indian citizen active in media and volunteer work, thinks that young people in India need to become more aware of both spoken and unsaid global events. An entrepreneur by trade, a commerce graduate by education, and a veteran of the information technology three-tier architecture industry, He has made it his mission to increase public understanding of global current affairs, macro and microeconomics, heritage, international relations, history, and economic affairs. He is a renowned geopolitical expert, visionary, and astute opinion leader. He is passionate about analysing current events and reporting on them in a variety of international publications, including Trunicle, USApolitico, Keatley, and BharatVoice. Many of his writings went viral and attracted the attention of international celebrities who commented on them. VISION Umesh queries, "Is it easy to be vocal and politically opinionated with numerous avenues of information like print media, live websites, and interactions on social media. But the crucial query is: Are we expanding our thinking? Can we uncover facts buried in layers? Are we capable of fully comprehending the political game of cards?” He frequently states that In today’s capitalist society, if we don't teach the next generation how to protect themselves from the tragedies of bureaucratic conspiracies, they might never learn to protect themselves and make big decisions. VOLUNTEERING WORK Along with his involvement with numerous charitable organisations, he had managed multispecialty day care diagnostic and cancer detection centres that serve more than 100,000 people in Chennai. Having participated in numerous humanitarian and social organisations as a contributor. INDIACHRONICLE With the vision of promoting transparency and empowering the youth , he has launched a mediahouse- IndiaChronicle.in, a new centrist journal designed to promote educated debate and offer insightful information on the many areas that influence our society. India Chronicle seeks to fill in the gaps in public conversation by offering a fair-minded and complex viewpoint on important topics. Our readership is made up of a diverse group of people, including decision-makers, academics, workers, and active citizens who seek insightful information. Its time that we think of the persistent little contributions that make us a more responsible individual and a global citizen. Follow on Email : ukagarwal@gmail.com Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ukagarwal Twitter : https://twitter.com/ukagarwal Linked In : https://www.linkedin.com/in/ukagarwal/ YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/@ukagarwal Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/ukagarwal2k2/

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