New Delhi, July 15
Events after the Balakot airstrike in February 2019 changed the concept of the sanctity of airspace and further underscored the need for credible air defense, the army air chief marshal says Indian Air Force VR Chaudhari during a seminar at the Center for Joint War Studies (CENJOWS) think tank.
Enemy air and missile forces will be fired from a distance and will negatively affect the progress of land or sea battles. Therefore, air control will remain paramount to the success of any operation, he said.
An integrated air defense system includes defense and attack. Integrated sensors, communication networks and shooters are among them. Today, the IAF has the capability to monitor and identify all air elements.
“The IAF has a terrestrial network and with the introduction of ‘software defined radio’ the airborne platforms will also be fully networked. Work is underway to integrate the space segment in order to have a true networked air defense system. Space being the ultimate height, owning, securing and exploiting space will be essential in the years to come,” he said.
Merging the land, air and space domains into a common network would be a fundamental requirement of modern warfare, he said.
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