General Rawat proposes the creation of an integrated Air Defense Command and common logistics for the armed forces
NEW DELHI: Starting the long integration process between the Navy and the Chief of General Defense personnel, he has directed his integrated defense personnel (IDS) of three services to prepare a plan for the creation of an (ADC), as well as Common groupings of logistical support for the.
The proposal for the ADC must be prepared by June 30, said General Rawat, while setting priorities for the implementation of synergy between the armed forces in different areas on a temporary basis by December 31.
Some of the areas identified for union and synergy include the creation of common logistic support groups at stations where two or more Services are located. The Army and Navy, for example, should share their logistics in Mumbai to avoid duplication and save resources. The CDS also said efforts will be made to reduce unsuccessful ceremonial activities, which are labor-intensive, an official said.
In emphasizing the collegial system of operation, General Rawat ordered that the three Services and the Coast Guard should be consulted and that their views be obtained temporarily. However, decisions will be made to ensure the optimization of resources, he added. .
If the proposed ADC arises, it will only be the third triservice or unified command in the country. The first and only theatrical or geographical command so far was established in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago in October 2001, while the Functional Strategic Forces Command to manage the country's nuclear arsenal was established in January 2003.
In contrast, there are up to 17 single service commands (Army 7, IAF 7 and Navy 3). Last year, three new small three-service agencies, not complete commands, were also established for the critical war domains of space, cyberspace and special operations.
The creation of integrated commands and structures, by nullifying the propensity of the three Services to jealously protect their own territories, will lead to an integrated land-air-sea war fighting machinery, save resources and increase the size of almost 15 lakh armed forces strong, as previously reported by TOI.
Although the IAF is primarily responsible for the country's air defense (AD) against enemy airplanes, missiles and drones, the Army and Navy also have their own AD weapons with individual infrastructure and logistics chains.
The wide variety of AD weapons in the armed forces includes Israeli low-level systems (QR-SAM) (15 km range), defense missile systems of the Akash indigenous area (25 km range) and the medium-sized Barak and long range -8 SAM systems (range 70 to 100 km) jointly developed by Israeli and Aerospace Industries.
The IAF is also scheduled to start inducing five squadrons of Russian outposts starting next year, under the $ 5.43 billion (Rs 40,000 rupees) agreement signed in October 2018.
With the S-400 systems, which can detect, track and destroy hostile strategic bombers, planes, spy planes, missiles and drones at a distance of 380 km, India plans to increase its air defense coverage along unresolved borders with China and Pakistan as well as in cities like New Delhi.