RAW to Shut Down its Covert Air Wing

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  1. brational

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    The plans, backed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, envisage that the ARC’s aircraft and electronics assets will be divided between the National Technical Research Organisation and the Indian Air Force. Plans have been firmed up to shut down the Aviation Research Center (ARC), India’s premier imaging-intelligence organisation, highly-placed government sources have told The Indian Express.

    The plans, backed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, envisage that the ARC’s aircraft and electronics assets will be divided between the National Technical Research Organisation and the Indian Air Force.

    The organisational restructuring is primarily meant to enhance intelligence-gathering on China’s military capacities in the Tibet plateau, by integrating satellite-based data gathered by the NTRO with aircraft-based imaging conducted by the ARC.

    NTRO’s imaging capacities, sources said, would be significantly enhanced by the acquisition of ARC electronic suites which are equipped with cloud-penetrating radar, something the satellites it now operates do not possess.

    Flying from bases at Charbatia in Orissa, Sarsawa in Uttar Pradesh, Tinsukia in Assam and Palam in Delhi, the ARC operates a fleet equipped with Russian IL-76s, AN-32s, General Dynamics Gulfstream IIIs and Global 5000 jets. It is also equipped with Russian-manufactured Mi-17 and Indian-made Alouette II and III helicopters. The organisation is largely staffed by officers on deputation from the armed forces.

    There is little public domain data on the ARC’s technical capacities, but the organisation is believed to have access to state-of-the-art equipment provided by the United States, the result of an intelligence cooperation agreement that dates back to the 1962 war with China.

    Beginning with the loan of a Helio Twin Courier turboprop from the United States that year, the organisation played a key role in a secret partnership to monitor China’s nuclear tests at Lop Nor.

    Intelligence professionals are divided on the development, with some arguing that shutting down ARC could undermine the Research and Analysis Wing’s coverage of Chinese military infrastructure and capacities.

    The ARC’s chief currently reports to the RAW chief who wields ex-officio responsibility over it as Director, Security, in the Cabinet Secretariat.

    “The way things stand,” said former ARC chief Amitabh Mathur, “RAW is able to seamlessly have its needs met by the ARC. I’m not sure the NTRO, which is not directly accountable to the consumers of its intelligence, will be quite as responsive.”

    ARC insiders also claim handing over its air assets will also leave the élite Special Frontier Force — a special force also reporting to the RAW chief, in his capacity as Director, Security — without air assets under its direct control.

    Following the Kargil war, the Army had argued for control of the ARC’s air assets, arguing that it failed to provide adequate warning on the build-up of Pakistani troops across the Line of Control. However, the ARC, as well as RAW, argued that they had indeed provided warnings, the significance of which was misread by military commanders.

    The K Subrahmanyam committee report into the Kargil war asserted that “no intelligence failures had been attributed on account of functioning of RAW and ARC. However, certain equipment inadequacies were highlighted such as satellite imagery and UAVs”.

    Post-Kargil reforms later led to the formation of the NTRO, along the lines of the United States’ National Security Agency, to serve as a hub for technological innovation and ensure expensive electronic assets could be shared by various intelligence organisations.

    In 2012, though, the Naresh Chandra committee on national security reforms had recommended that the ARC be formally merged with RAW — a recommendation that emerged from complaints that the NTRO was not meeting its needs.

    Early this year, the government had appointed RAW veteran Alok Joshi to head the NTRO, addressing complaints from the intelligence services that its technologist-dominated leadership was unresponsive to their needs.

    The shutdown of the ARC is intended, government sources said, to be part of a broader package of reforms intended to make the NTRO more accountable to the end-users of its intelligence.
     
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    Bad move. Hopefully a misinformation program. I dont think Doval would try to dilute and weaken RAW this way, unless he and the PM is seriously concerned about RAW not performing adequetly. Although there has been some rumors years back that RAW is indeed not functioning at the desired level and bureaucracy inside RAW is hampering its performance. May @Yusuf can put some light? :wink:

    However, it may be a move by IAF too. The services are always quick to blame each other and RAW ir MoD, if anything falls flat.

    I hope Modi is not anyhow weakening RAW particularly since it is an interesting time we are going through, and we need all the assets at their peak now.

    Further, this NTRO is a new org. and suddenly transferring all the assets to it or IAF is going to send good messages to the various security apparatus.

    Nevertheless, I have faith in Dival and he is not guy to screw up something for nothing at all.

    However, why such a news is out in the media? This sort of news should not come out, as it seems that the plan is yet to be finalised. Whatever the leak is, should be found out and dealt with.
     
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    This may be because.. 1) ARC chief is itself as equivalent to RAW chief as per the post, with same experience at op level. Hence this brings tug of war b/w RAW and ARC. The appointment is made by PMO and PMO has to chose one among two. So it's like a CEO working under a CEO.

    2) To accumulate flow of data at one place and analyse it at the same place, and make on organisation accountable for this.
     
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    The organisational restructuring is primarily meant to enhance intelligence-gathering on China’s military capacities in the Tibet plateau, by integrating satellite-based data gathered by the NTRO with aircraft-based imaging conducted by the ARC.

    NTRO’s imaging capacities, would be significantly enhanced by the acquisition of ARC electronic suites which are equipped with cloud-penetrating radar, something the satellites it now operates do not possess.

    That probably is the reason for transferring ARC's assets to the NTRO which would result in far quicker intel gathering and analysis as there would be just one agency involved now.
     
  7. Rowdy

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    Why are operational details in the news
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    This is one anti national paper and who are these traitors.
     
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    :balleballe:RTI, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREE PRESS and DEMOCRACY led to NO SECRECY:balleballe:
     
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    @brational if the move is backed by Ajith Doval then I think there must be a reason.

    May e they are distributing the power and more accountability among the organizations.
     
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    My I guess is that, this move is more due to logistical and technological than anything else. Consolidation of multiple platforms under one umbrella is a cost effective and efficient.
     
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    rock127 Maulana Rockullah Senior Member

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    So as I see Doval is not a fool and have done enough research work in the last year to bring out gaps which can enhance the assets,reaction time and accountability to put in 1 place.

    Often we see different Orgs blaming each other for lack of coordination/understanding which ends up compromising national security.
     
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