India is currently facing a combined threat on the east and North East by China and in the west by Pakistan. This, along with a Parliamentary Committee report that the fighting strength of the IAF fighter squadrons had dropped from 42 to 30 is ominous.
Even as India’s military establishment was shocked by the use of drones on a Jammu air base, the IAF is planning to acquire UAS which will detect, track and destroy them with laser-directed weapons systems.
The petitioner, Yogender Kumar had moved the High Court seeking direction to quash the show-cause notice in which the IAF stated his stand against vaccination verges on gross indiscipline and his continuation in service is likely to adversely impact the health of other IAF personnel.
The counsel for the petitioner contends that reinstatement in service would cause difficulties to the petitioner. However neither are the said difficulties described nor is the counsel for the petitioner, on our asking, also able to enumerate the same.”
The national euphoria during a time when the media is gagging on Covid news is understandable. But the induction of these jets should also help focus national attention on the huge task that still lies ahead in order to equip our armed services with state of the art tools of warfare.