The Indian Air Force (IAF) is making changes to get head on with any possible action that might be coming their way. To deal with the evolving threats, IAF is being conscious, leading to better preparation to boost overall strike capability.
The elite forces have asked its forward bases to implement the decision of increasing its night flying rate from the current rate which is 30 per cent. This ramp-up in its night- time preparedness will give them a strategic advantage over enemies.
The decision to make such changes has been taken to train IAF fighter squadrons to be absolutely prepared getting hands-on for a 24-hour cycle in any operation.
An IAF officer has informed that, due to factors involving security threat coming from the neighboring countries, this move to increase in night flying has been issued.
“The warfare scenario is changing fast. We now are preparing ourselves to operate in an electronic warfare environment and that is why we are making the changes,” said the official to PTI. He said most of IAF bases along the western and northern borders have already started to increase the ratio of night flying.
AF sources said overall operational capabilities of all forward bases including Pathankot, Ambala, Halwara and Hasimara are being strengthened for any eventuality. Also, IAF now has more powerful and better electronic sensors, radars and air-to-air as well as air-to-ground missiles. All these ammunition and equipment makes night flying effective.
India had signed a Euro 7.87 billion (approximately Rs. 59,000 crore) deal with the French government, last year in September, for purchasing 36 Rafale fighter jets.
Eighteen Rafale jets will be deployed at Ambala base while remaing 18 new generation jets will be stationed in Hasimara.
The IAF has a well-planned strategy for which they have been pressing the government in order to enhance its combat capability which requires ramping up existing infrastructure and procuring over 100 combat jets in the next few years.