shiv wrote:rsharma wrote: in my humble opinion, a lot more stands to be jeopardized than the safety of the fighters on such a mission.. given the importance of the MKIs to not just the mission capabilities of IAF but also to the psyche of its Pilots and the Brass, once the force starts losing a couple over enemy territory, the morale does get a flogging and the Brass starts getting a panicky shit-fit.. has happened in the past wars, where the top commanders went on a defensive after taking some losses, even when the brave pilots were roaring to keep having a go at the enemy
Sharmaji you should read Jasjit Singh's book on Air Power. It is a masterpiece. Basically Air Forces (competent ones such as the IAF) do not think the way you have stated.
In a war the early phase is very risky - a time when you are trying to get air dominance. At that time there will be losses. In fact the losses can be so high that they will be unsustainable in the long term. But Air Forces (competent ones such as the IAF) plan for such high losses in the beginning knowing that once you have knocked out enemy air bases and radars, your loss rate will come down. Jasjit Singh has analyses various wars to show how things work, or not work depending on what is done.
It is important for a population that is unaware of the way wars are fought not to lose their morale by seeing the early losses in a war. That is why media control is important. Sorry OT.
the book is very expansive 2500+ any other options Shiva