TACTICAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

TACTICAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

Ministry of Defense

Why in News: In the month of July 2022, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a one-month long engagement with the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) at the Egyptian Fighter Weapon School, located in Cairo West Air Force Base. This was a first of its kind interaction for both the air forces as it was conducted between their respective Fighter Weapon Schools. On behalf of the IAF, Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) participated in the programme with three Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft and six Combat Instructor Pilots.

The interaction between the two air forces, under the aegis of the Tactical Leadership Program of EAF, saw a fruitful exchange of ideas in the domain of Large Force Engagements involving complex, multi-aircraft missions. During the interaction, IAF pilots flew alongside those of the EAF in missions of multiple complexities with the participants also sharing their experiences in the art and science of air combat, while also discussing their best practices. The induction and de-induction involved flights of over six hours with mid air refueling support from the IAF and UAE Air to Air refuellers.

         This programme, involving synergistic air operations, has illustrated a high degree of professional trust that has developed between the two Air Forces. The bond between the two Air Forces dates back to the 1960s when Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava, an IAF Test Pilot, test flew the Egyptian prototype of the Helwan HA-300 with Test Pilots from the EAF. This was followed by Indian Qualified Flying Instructors training young Egyptian pilots – a programme that continued into the 1980s.

About the program-

  • This was a first of its kind interaction for both the air forces as it was conducted between their respective Fighter Weapon Schools.
  • On behalf of the IAF, Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) participated in the programme with three Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft and six Combat Instructor Pilots.
  • The bond between the two Air Forces dates back to the 1960s when Gp Capt Kapil Bhargava, an IAF Test Pilot, test flew the Egyptian prototype of the Helwan HA-300 with Test Pilots from the EAF.

Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment(TACDE)-

  • TACDE is an Indian Air Force unit for training aerial combat to its top one percent fighter pilots and is based in Gwalior.
  • It was established in 1971 from previously formed Tactics and Combat Development and Training Squadron at Adampur, Punjab.
  • It was awarded ‘Battle Honors’ by the President of India in 1995 for its role in the Indo-Pak conflict of 1971.

The Indian Air Force (IAF): Is the air arm of the Indian armed forces . Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks third amongst the air forces of the world.

Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict. It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire which honored India’s aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal.

After India gained independence from the United Kingdom  in 1947, the name Royal Indian Air Force was kept and served in the name of Dominion of India. With the government’s transition to a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed.

Since 1950, the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighboring Pakistan. Other major operations undertaken by the IAF include Operation Vijay, operation meghdoot, Operation Cactus and Operation Poomalai . The IAF’s mission expands beyond engagement with hostile forces, with the IAF participating in united nations peacekeeping missions .

The President of India holds the rank of Supreme Commander of the IAF.

plutus ias current affairs eng med 12th August 2022