Movement on SFC front. Groundwork begins for aerospace command
Groundwork begins for aerospace command
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2003 12:05:00 AM ]
NEW DELHI: With the Strategic Forces Command finally being set up to handle the country's nuclear assets, initial exploratory work for setting up an aerospace command in the IAF is gathering momentum.
At present, the work is only at the conceptual level as crucial elements like dedicated military satellites, or even AWACS (airborne warning and control systems), are not available with the armed forces.
"As the US has shown in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations, its doctrine is centred around domination through aerospace power. The US Air Force is now fully integrated with space systems and called an ‘expeditionary force'. This is where the future lies," said an IAF officer.
The IAF believes it can utilise developments in space technologies in several ways. The first is to assist in ballistic missile defence and the second is to build "real-time situational awareness" through space communication and space sensors.
A third is to link communication networks throughout the country. Besides, there is the need to prevent the enemy from using its space assets by resorting to jamming.
The IAF is closely studying the impact of "smart" weapons, used during the Iraq operations, like JDAMs which use signals from satellites for almost pinpoint accuracy in all-weather conditions.
The armed forces will have to go in for greater integration with the ISRO to effectively meet future challenges.