India’s integrated air defence command to come up by October 8: Defence Ministry

India’s integrated air defence command to come up by October 8: Defence Ministry

The Department of Military Affairs under Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat is aiming to set up the first integrated tri-services command for handling the air defence of India by the second week of October.

As per government sources, the ministry can announce the creation of the air defence command around the Air Force Day this year.

Sources told that the aim is to combine the resources of the three services under one command and activate it to protect the air space of the country and announce its creation by October 8.

The creation of the command will be an important step in the integration of assets of the armed forces against the backdrop of plans to fight an integrated battle in the future.

The initial structure and responsibilities of the air defence command have been prepared, the sources said, and added that the aim is formation is done by October, the sources said.

The Department of Military Affairs under General Bipin Rawat has been given the mandate to create joint military commands along with theatre commands.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is also working on the creation of the joint peninsula command and a logistics command apart from the theatre commands.

The CDS has reportedly started discussions with Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane and Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria for finalizing the structure and assets of the integrated air defence command, sources said.

The sources added that there will not be any creation of additional General-rank post for heading the theatre commands or the other integrated commands and they would be headed by Lt Gen-rank officers of the three services.