India To Get 5 Military Theatre Commands By 2022, Separate Commands For China And Pakistan

Indian Military to reorganised itself under five theatre commands by 2022 with defined areas of operation and to get seamless command structure for synchronised operations. After getting clearance from cabinet, department of military affairs to expand and get additional and joint secretaries with a purpose.

This Important task of reorganisation of the three services under theatre commands has begun with China specific Northern Command and Pakistan specific Western command under serious consideration. India’s Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat has been given the mandate by PM Narendra Modi Government to create the theatre commands similarly as US and China already have.

According to military and national security planners, the northern command’s remit will begin from the Karakoram Pass in Ladakh and continue up to the last outpost Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh , with the military mandate of guarding the 3,488 kilometre of Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. The HQ of this command could be Lucknow.

The western command’s remit will be from Indira Col on Saltoro Ridge in the Siachen Glacier region to the tip of Gujarat with its HQ likely in Jaipur. Peninsular command will be the third command, full-fledged air defence command and fifth will be maritime command. HQ will be of ‘Thiruvananthapuram’ of Peninsular command.

So the Air Defence Command will not only tackle the country’s aerial attack but also will be equally responsible for defending the multi-role fighters in the Indian Aerospace with all anti-aircraft missiles. The Indian Army, Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy all defend Indian airspace on separate communication frequencies and without synergy.

“Theaterisation of commands is imperative to integrate resources of the three services for maximising impact in any war. The geographical expanse of theatres in India demands unified commands for strategic decisions and critical outcomes that will be possible in concentrated employment of resources,” said former amry vice chief Lt Gen AS Lamba (retd).

If the Andamans and Nicobar Command goes under the maritime command as is being visualised, then the CDS will have the Armed Forces Special Operation Division, Cyber Command and the Defence Intelligence Agency under him with manpower drawn from all the three services.

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