How will you describe the state of Indian Air Force today?
IAF is well poised to meet any challenge from across our borders. While we have a mix of legacy, upgraded and new equipment, it is our philosophy to be prepared to flight best with what we have today and our entire op employment plan is based on this.
With the new inductions and upgradation of various platforms the might of the IAF will only increase. Plans are in place to modernise the IAF in keeping with envisaged threat and the government is providing requisite support in this endeavour.
The IAF recently conducted a largescale exercise, Gaganshakti, in which we had comprehensively proved our operational potential and viability of our plans. A major highlight of the exercise was a very high level of availability and reliability of all combat assets including aircraft, missile systems and radars. High tempo operations were undertaken which were adequately supported by maintenance and logistics supply chain. To sum up, IAF is adequately geared up to meet all the operational challenges.
The IAF is reported to have fewer active fighter squadrons today as against the authorised strength of squadrons. How are you going to fill this gap?
The shortfall in fighter aircraft strength as against the authorised strength is planned to be made good through induction of remaining contracted Su-30 MKI, LCA and Rafale. Procurement for 83 LCA Mk1A has been i