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Indian Air force C4ISR
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Beyond the accretion of new fighter and transport aircraft, it is the on-going digitization of the workings of the Indian Air force (IAF) that is the signature element of its transformation. Adopting information and communication technology (ICT) across the spectrum of its operations, the service is putting in place a new architecture for command, control, communications, computing, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) that would make sure that there are no surprises from the enemy and that when bombs are dropped in anger they hit the targets they are actually meant to. Keeping its lead in ICT initiatives over the Indian Army, IAF launched the first phase of a closed 3G cellular network called Air Force Cellular (AFCEL) in late October that seeks to both enhance communications security (COMSEC) as well as provide assured connectivity at all times. AFCEL is a WCDMA network that will ultimately enable voice, data, video streaming and file sharing between air warriors across India. Phase-I however provides such mobile connectivity only in the National Capital Region. The next phase will see its adoption across all of the IAF's stations as well as mobile unit. Indeed, in addition to a number of fixed AFCEL nodes, there will also be Mobile Base Transmitting Stations (MBTS) which will extend coverage to remote locations as well. . These nodes will facilitate a full IP network with stringent quality of service, high quality voice and of course data solutions. The system Integrator for AFCEL is HCL Infosystems with technology partners Alcatel Lucent India and the IAF's AFCEL Project Team.


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India's First Supersonic Jet MiG-21


Mig-21 FL C-1125 being towed out of the parade square at Kalikunda airbase during the phasing out ceremony held at Kalaikunda

Every one of us wants to fly high above the sky and therefore our fascination towards the sky always remains in our dreams and therefore we keep watching aircraft and feel envy of them. There would hardly be any occasion when we looked at the sky and did not think of a fighter jet, which always formed part of our dreams. Yes, we are talking about MiG-21 FL. But the sad part is that the deafening roar of the MiG-21 FL afterburner, an iconic delta-wing fighter aircraft that heralded the 'supersonic era' in Indian Air Force (IAF), will no longer be heard.
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 FL, which formed the combat backbone of the IAF, took off for its last sortie from the Kalaikunda airbase near Kharagpur in West Bengal on December 11, 2013, with this it stands decommissioned from the Indian Air Force forever, bidding adieu after half a century in the skies. Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, who was present at the fly-past, termed the phase-out of India's first supersonic aircraft a "watershed moment". "Today's event marks a watershed moment in (the) IAF's history as we reach the end of nearly five decades of remarkable operational service rendered by this iconic fighter," Browne said at the base from where the MiG-21 FL had taken off for the first time in 1963.


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Indian air force is my deam actually i want to join Indian air force and I am study about this. I live behind some Resorts Near Delhi.
 

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Indian air force is my deam actually i want to join Indian air force and I am study about this. I live behind some Resorts Near Delhi.
So why make duplicate accounts ? Akash786 and Harsh786 ?
 

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Infrastructure in the IAF: A Force Multiplier

Due to its long gestation period, infrastructure needs advance and integrated planning amongst the three services and civil agencies to ensure that the end result is cost-effective without duplication of effort and investment. Some of the measures suggested may be somewhat radical, but after over six decades since Independence, the nation expects results. A sound and secure infrastructure will enable the IAF to undertake its tasks in the most effective manner and thus become a force multiplier in the days to come.

What constitutes infrastructure for an Air Force? Is it only runways and buildings or more than that? As interpreted by the United States Air Force (USAF), defence infrastructure includes defence industrial base, financial services, logistics, a networked information grid, transportation, personnel, health affairs, space, public works, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Considering this vast canvas and its effect on warfare, one needs to analyse the present state of infrastructure in The Indian Air Force (IAF) and its impact as a game changer. Some examples should illustrate the impact of infrastructure on warfare.


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Air Chief visits Leh and Ladakh


Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha being introduced to the key personnel of the station during his visit to Air Force Station Leh.

January 13, 2014: Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha was on a visit to operations bases at Leh and Ladakh sector, which operate in an environment with the most hostile terrain and weather conditions, especially during winter season. This is his first visit after he took over as Air Force Chief on December 31, 2013. On arrival, he was briefed on the prevailing situation in the region by Lt General Rakesh Sharma, the Corps Commander and interacted with Army personnel to provide an impetus to jointness with the Army. The AOC, Air Cmde R Isser updated the CAS on the progress of significant infrastructure projects in Leh and Ladakh Sector. In keeping with the mission statement of the IAF, People First Mission Always, this maiden visit of the Chief will certainly bolster the commitment of the leadership to the IAF's mission statement. Air Chief Marshal Raha interacted with all the personnel and obtained their views on a variety of operational and administrative issues.

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Air Marshal reviews operational
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Air Marshal SS Soman, Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-in-C) Western Air Command, Indian Air Force on Saturday assessed the operational capabilities of Air Force Station Srinagar. A defence spokesman in a statement said the AOC was on a two day visit to the Air Force Station. He was received by Air Commodore, B Balachandran, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Srinagar, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local) Preetha Balachandran and other senior officers on January 16. "The AOC-in-C was given a presentation on the operational role of Air Force Station Srinagar. The AOC-in-C assessed the operational capabilities of each unit and section of Air force Station Srinagar. He also assessed the infrastructure development being undertaken at this premiere base of the Indian Air Force," the statement added. President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional), Rashmi Soman, was given a presentation on the welfare activities undertaken for the wives of Air Force Personnel.


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