Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday brushed aside concerns of the Indian Air Force (IAF) about the division of its assets under the theaterisation model under consideration to best utilise the military’s resources, arguing that the 36 Rafale fighter jets ordered from France were split into two squadrons to tackle likely threats emanating from the westerns and eastern sectors.
One Rafale squadron is based at Ambala in Haryana while the other is coming up at Hasimara in West Bengal.
Rawat also said that India was looking at the possibility of raising a rocket force with different types of missiles in its arsenal.
CDS said the Rafale aircraft had been split ab intio between the air force’s western and eastern air commands but when the time comes the assets would be operated together along either front. “Assets are distributed ab initio before war starts, and they are allocated and reallocated depending on how the threat evolves.
Grouping and regrouping of military assets before, during and after combat will always happen,” Rawat said while delivering a talk on defence reforms at the India International Centre.