Navy to aid Northern Theatre command-THE HINDU-17-05-2020
Rawat told a small group of journalists during the week. Saying the naval fighter jets can operate in deserts and the IAF jets there can move to the other borders, Gen. Rawat said, “There is not much of difference between sea flying and desert flying.
Rawat had in the past said the capabilities of the Navy’s P-8I long range maritime surveillance aircraft were used for observing the Chinese movements during the Doklam standoff in 2017.
The first of the integrated commands in the works is the integrated Air Defence command headed by the IAF followed by a maritime command and then the land based theatre commands. “Soon we will have a presentation by the IAF with the representatives from Army and Navy and we will flush out the contours of the AD command,” Gen.
Rawat said the study on the AD command is under way and he already had the first presentation and the standing instructions should be issued by year end. He said the idea is that all air defence resources of the three Services should be under one Commander and ensure that there is no fratricide.
“The command and control instructions should come from one person. “In three years, operational instructions will be issued on the theatre commands,” Gen. Rawat said adding that it will take shape after that. The Navy has already started a study on the maritime command.