Difficult to face joint China-Pak threat: IAF

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  1. Ash

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    The Indian Air Force has dropped a bomb with its alarming admission that it will be difficult for it to tackle a combined threat from China and Pakistan, raising questions about the country's ability to fight a two-front war.

    Advertisement The IAF has told a Parliamentary panel that Pakistan would certainly fish in troubled waters if China were to launch offensive operations against India. It, however, stressed that China may not pose "a collusive threat" if hostilities were to break out between India and Pakistan.

    Setting off alarm bells, a senior IAF officer informed the Parliamentary standing committee on defence that a "collusive threat" from China and Pakistan would be difficult to tackle but the air force was prepared for it.

    "We have made plans in case of contingency-III (two-front war)," he said, adding that India had upgraded its policy against China from dissuasion to deterrence.

    The IAF currently operates 34 fighter squadrons, against a desirable 42. In a report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, the panel asked the IAF to scale up its capabilities by speeding up the acquisition of 126 French Rafale fighters, a deal worth Rs. 120,000 crore.

    The panel flagged concerns about poor border infrastructure on the Indian side, at a time when China has ramped road, rail and air connectivity across the line of actual control (LAC).

    The panel warned that the pace of China's military modernisation and infrastructure development had affected the "strategic balance" between the two countries.

    "Our defence forces must develop the capability to fight a multi-front war," the panel said. India is years behind the Chinese military with the neighbour currently outnumbering the country's combat power by a 3:1 ratio. India's hopes to bridge the gap in the next 15 years hinge on availability of funds.

    Finance minister P Chidambaram on Monday announced that the defence budget for 2014-15 had been hiked from Rs. 203,672 crore to Rs. 224, 000 crore, a 10% increase over last fiscal's outlay.

    However, the meagre increase in the capital expenditure could hit the modernisation plans of the armed forces. The capital outlay has been increased from Rs. 86,740 crore to Rs. 89,587 crore in the interim budget for 2014-15, a hike of barely 3.2%.

    China's official, but underreported, defence budget for 2013-14 stands at Rs. 594,000 crore.

    Difficult to face joint China-Pak threat: IAF - Hindustan Times
     
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  3. Jagdish58

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    Bold answer :thumb: may be this a trick to speed up the MMRCA deal or may be truth on ground:taunt1:
     
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    Srinivas_K Senior Member Senior Member

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    As of now !!
     
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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    It will be tough to face China alone, Pakis are impotent. The only way to deal with this problem is to speed up the procurement and invest more on R&D (DRDO).
     
  6. Kunal Biswas

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    As i always have said before, today we hear from horse mouth ..

    About the statement in the article, In one part he is saying that if China launch an offensive and in other part saying China may not be a serious thread and then saying if war between Pakistan and India and not counting China which actually counter his first statement that China launching an Invasion ..

    What seemed from such broken statement, IAF is not confident about its capability, It stated clearly it wont able to stand long enough fighting two sides, Now why so ? >> Its obvious all these years the imported component in military is so much that we are depended on other nation to fight our own wars, China on other hand does not have such issues ..

    China have a well oiled National defense Industry chucking out fighters and missiles like sausages, so does they have large reserve of pilots, They can replenish there loses faster than they lost in combat, Unfortunately we dont have same capability due to large scams corruption involving both men in Uniform and politicians ..

    IAF lacked two critical elements >

    1. National Fighter > IAF heavily rely on Imported jets which spares are imported and grounded untill the spares are available, Unlike National fighter could be manufacture in hundreds so that can keep up with the loses made in war ..

    2. Reserves > IAF have no reserve plans for fighter pilots either, Making a Solider harder but making a pilot is even harder and expensive, Pilot loses are heavy and one must have plans to replenish human element also ..


    IAF have skills and good fighters but are useless in future conflicts, They know this and hence ignoring prime enemy China from the equation, Shame..

     
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    chase Tihar Jail Banned

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    It is the old Indian habit of shutting the eyes or putting the head inside ground like an ostrich.
    If India only learnt from Chanakya rather then Gandhi then situation would be so different.......
     
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    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    once engine is perfected we can make what ever plane we want, BTW the designer and developer need support of its Airforce.

    Shocking part is that IAF now wants to build its fighter, rather then concentrate on what it is good at, fighting in sky, they are it appears looking at Pakistanis, where PAF is making Junk fighter and now IAF is having that stupid dream.
     
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    Even if we have a "National fighter" it won't even change a thing. The current production rate Of HAL is very low. So even if we have a National Fighter HAL would not be able to meet up with wartime loses. Basic problem lies in our existing infrastructure. DRDO has always been complaing about setup of FABs, OFB has been complaing about poor machinery they have still nothing from government
     
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    yeah true, give it to Reliance and they will just buy off PAF..............:rofl:

    heard rumor that they have paid off PAF, so that they will not bomb their refinery at the time of war.
     
  11. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Our Nation have some of the most hi-tech industries, but unfortunately we see DRDO, HAL & OFB in black and white, It is done purposefully so that there will be an open door for imports and with that huge $$$$ kick backs ..

    It has been going on since 1948 and still on, It has became an tradition for political wing ..

     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    I am an Indian too so does you, Its not an Indian habit but of Selfish and weaknecks ..

    They are everywhere, It just these are in power ..

     

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