‘Navy to aid Northern theatre command’
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.