IAF Advantage

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Indian Air Force: Introduction
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the division of Indian armed forces [1]. Main mission of IAF is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict. However, IAF has also participated in United Nations peacekeeping missions. The IAF was established on 8 Oct 1932.
Nowadays maintaining a modern air force is necessary to outsmart the enemies across different geographical locations. Modern and competent military equipment serves as political and global advantage in asserting the regional power among competitors. A competent military equipment also helps in avoiding engagement of direct attack by the enemies. India has adopted no-first-strike policy hence IAF serves as deterrence to enemy intrusions.
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Build & develop technologies on-par or superior to competitors.
2. Huge local employment opportunities across Design, Manufacturing, Repair & Maintenance.
3. Easier to make decision during conflict situations.
4. Potential source for exports.
5. Close relationship of defence industries to national sovereignty and economic health.
Dis-advantages of traditional defence acquisition;
1. Huge costs involved in development of new platforms. Could lead to constant political conflicts for democratic political environments.
2. Barrier to foreign investments e.g. ITAR, the U.S. defence trade rules, which have resulted in a “design around” movement in Europe and limited market for U.S. firms.
3. Require huge investments across different systems to maintain the superior technological advantage.
4. Leads to consolidation of supplier base and potential risk of exploitation by the small pool of supplies.
5. Reliance on state run organisations (United States is an exception considering the defence manufacturing base is private).
6. Poor performance of individual supplier will decide the outcome of whole programme.
7. Very low utilisation of resources due to limited requirements.

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The new-DIB can substantially reduce costs involved in military procurement and bring in commercial elements to whole defence acquisition/procurements. The whole new approach is necessitated by the change in typical war strategies adopted by enemies. Digital warfare, Un-manned vehicles and internal enemies are more prevalent which do not necessarily require high tech aircraft to be deployed. Countries are moving towards creating allies and sharing of technologies between likeminded nations is a commonality.
Highlight of New-DIB;
1. Requires the participants/customers to consider economic factors while looking for new programme. Best value for money systems e.g. proven products like F16, Gripen etc…
2. Utilise COTS/MOTS commercial/military off the shelf products by adopting elements which are commercially produced and contain niche technologies.
3. Utilise existing commercial products where non-critical operations are necessary.
4. Utilise the modified commercial carriers for military

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