Why The Indian Air Force Is In Dire Need Of Combat Enablers

Lost in the din of public discourse about the depleting squadron strength of the Indian Air Force is the equally dire need of combat enablers, without which the IAF would be severely handicapped in bringing force to bear in an optimal manner.

While a Flight Refuelling Aircraft (FRA) enhances strike ranges of fighters, an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) platform creates a composite air picture by fusing the radar pictures from all ground- and air-based radars with its own.

This composite air picture, along with feeds from onboard communication and electronic sensors, is used by the AWACS to direct own strikes against the adversary as also control own fighters to intercept his incoming raids. Read More

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