CDS Bipin Rawat seeks proposal to create Air Defence Command by Jun 30

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CDS Bipin Rawat : During the meeting held on Wednesday, also directed the different branch heads to give recommendations for inter-service synergy and jointness.

In his first meeting after taking over as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat has directed the important functionaries of Integrated Defence Staff to prepare a proposal for creating the first air defence command and prioritised establishing common logistics support pools for the defence services.

“The CDS Bipin Rawat directed that a proposal to create air defence command be prepared by June 30, 2020,” said the defence ministry statement.

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Rawat during the meeting held on Wednesday, also directed the different branch heads to give recommendations for inter-service synergy and jointness.

He also emphasised on having a collegiate system of functioning and directed the three defence services— army, air force and navy and the Coast Guard to be consulted over this.

He added that the decisions in this regard will be taken to ensure optimisation of resources. The CDS also added that ‘infructuous” ceremonial activities, which are manpower-intensive, must be cut.

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Each service has its individual air defence set-up. Experts believe that an air defence command could be tasked with integrating the air defence and assets of the army, air force and navy and jointly provide air defence cover to the country.

This could also lead to regular training with ground forces in simulated combat scenarios. Having such a command could fine-tune the system by providing early warning of incoming enemy aircraft and missiles. It could also involve using space assets. It could .

On having a collegiate system of functioning, “General Rawat directed that all three services and the Coast Guard must be consulted and their views obtained in a time bound manner. Decisions will, however, be taken to ensure optimisation of resources.

Efforts will be made to cut out infructuous ceremonial activities, which are manpower-intensive,” it said. The CDS has stressed that all must work towards accomplishing desired results and coming up with healthy views and ideas.

Source: Economic Times | Written by Shaurya Karanbir Gurung

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