Amid the controversy over the creation of four new integrated theatre commands, Indian Air Force veterans weighed in on Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat’s recent statements on the role of the IAF in the proposed commands.
During a recent address, General Bipin Rawat had said that the IAF is like “a supporting arm” akin to artillery or engineers in the Army. Reacting to his comment, the IAF veterans remarked that instead of a ‘supporting arm’, the Indian Army and Indian Air Force were like two engines of the wheel and could not work without each other.
Veterans respond to statement
Air Vice-Marshal (Retd) Manmohan Bahadur said, “The statement that Indian Air Force is supporting arm to the other two services is incorrect and wrong. Because, the Air Force, just like the other two services has its own attributes that have been well acknowledged in the last few decades.”
Former Deputy Army Chief Lieutenant General Raj Kadyan called the development ‘a very unfortunate and a very unsavoury controversy.’
“It is more of a turf for whether you call air force a supporting arm as General Bipin Rawat has done or for what air force has said. It is a question of semantics,” he said.