Exploring Indian Airpower Doctrine & Debacles in The Himalayas
Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Rajesh Isser, AVSM,VM (G)

This is an article exploring some of our wars in the Indian Himalayas to derive correct lessons for future conflict management. In light of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and future theatre commands, restructuring and reorientation for the future is already on, but with Covid-19 and its aftermath, there is an urgency and imperative to accelerate changes. While the Indian armed forces are much better prepared to fight the integrated battle, it is still important to revisit doctrines and debacles as a reiteration of important lessons of mountain warfare. The paper analyses airpower issues in 1962 Sino-Indian War and the 1999 Kargil War, before deliberating on doctrinal and helicopter employment issues that have plagued jointness and integration in armed forces. A prognosis for the current LAC standoff and for the future is attempted

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