Five steps to a viable air force

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From: Buisness-standard By Ajai Shukla
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Air Force Day, celebrated on October 8 each year, provides occasion to revisit the IAF’s biggest worry — it’s declining squadron numbers — and to examine how this could be reversed within its budget. Military planners estimate the IAF needs 42 fighter squadrons to tackle a two-front threat from Pakistan and China. Against this, the air force has just 33 squadrons, including 10 squadrons of obsolescent MiG-21 and MiG-27 fighters overdue for retirement. True, new Tejas and Sukhoi-30MKI fighters are rolling off the lines, but not quickly enough to replace the retiring ...

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