‘Navy to aid Northern theatre command’ 

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Naval fighter aircraft can be deployed in the Western desert areas 

  • The proposed Northern theatre command along the border with China should also have a small Navy element in it as some of the naval systems are useful there.  
  • The naval fighter aircraft can be deployed in the Western sector in the desert areas when not required at sea to effectively utilise existing resources. 
  • Theatre commands (land) will mainly be between the Army and the IAF.  
  • While it is the northern border there should also be a small Navy element. 
  • The capabilities of the Navy’s P-8I long range maritime surveillance aircraft were used for observing the Chinese movements during the Doklam stand-off in 2017. 
  • The first of the integrated commands in the works is the integrated Air Defence (AD) command headed by the IAF followed by a maritime command and then the land based theatre commands. 
  • The next step in the integration is having common communications which presently the three Services have their respective set up and also common training establishments and equipment where possible.  
  • Basically with integration, maintenance and logistics elements go down and bring in a lot of savings. 
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