“The current geo-political situation necessitates IAF to prepare for intense and small duration operations at a short notice. This new paradigm of high intensity operations, coupled with minimal build-up time would require major changes in terms of operational logistics,” the IAF chief said.
While movement of ‘squa- dron load’ to operational locations would be supported to an extent by dedicated air effort, the timely replenishment of aviation turbine fuel, oil, lubricants, armaments and spares would be a challenging proposition because, during such contingencies, the roads and rail heads would be choked due to simultaneous movement of the Army along the same axes.
“Towards this, we need to formalise an integrated road and rail management plan and explore the feasibility of increased containerisation and use of civilian wide-bodied aircraft,” ACM Chaudhari said.
“A focused action plan needs to be developed for Indigenisation of all critical components in order to achieve the nation’s mandate of ‘Atmanirbharata’. In doing so, we must leverage emerging technology like Artificial Intelligence, Block-chain and Internet of Things, suitably adapted to our supply chain requirements,” he added.