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PV Naik takes over as Chairman CoSC
New Delhi, Mar 30 (Agencies):
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Published on 31 Mar. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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Even as the government continues to drag its feet in appointing a chief of defence staff (CDS), IAF chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik on Tuesday will take over as the new chairman of the chiefs of staff committee (CoSC) from outgoing Army chief General Deepak Kapoor.
ACM Naik, in his new role as chairman of CoSC, will have to strive to achieve the much-needed synergy among Army, Navy and IAF, which often pull in different directions in policy and procurement decisions.
Incidentally, the Group of Ministers’ report on `reforming the national security system’, established in the aftermath of the 1999 Kargil conflict, had held that the CoSC had `not been effective in fulfilling its mandate’.
“The functioning of CoSC (comprising the three Service chiefs) has, to date, revealed serious weaknesses in its ability to provide single-point military advice to government, and resolve substantive inter-Service doctrinal, planning, policy and operational issues adequately,’’ warned the GoM report.
Noting that CoSC needed a drastic revamp, the GoM had called for a CDS to provide single-point military advice, `administer’ the strategic (nuclear) forces, and promote `jointness and synergy’ among the armed forces. Though the government has taken some steps to reform the nation’s higher defence management, it has till now refrained from taking the all-important step of creating a CDS post.
US military aid to Pak matter of concern
The US military aid to Pakistan is a matter of concern for India which has been conveyed to the Obama administration, Air Chief Marshal P V Naik said on Tuesday.
“The aid being given to Pakistan is a matter of concern to us definitely and we have made it known. We have not hidden anything,” Naik said soon after taking over as the Chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee here.
The US has been providing F-16 combat jets, air-to-air missiles and other equipment worth millions of dollars to Pakistan as military aid for fighting the Taliban terrorists on its soil. Pakistan is scheduled to get 18 of the Block 52 F-16s, Oliver Hazard Perry Class frigate by winter and is expected to receive Shadow Drones within a year.
Islamabad is also to receive equipment capable of converting 1,000 traditional munitions into “smart bombs” that can strike targets with precisions.
In the last three years, the US has provided 14 F-16s, five fast patrol boats, 115 self-propelled howitzer field artillery cannons, more than 450 vehicles, hundreds of night- vision goggles, day and night scopes, radios, protective vests and first aid items to Pakistan’s security forces.
With this new arms aid, US counterinsurgency assistance fund for Pakistan is slated to increase to USD 1.2 billion in fiscal year 2011 from $700 million in the current fiscal.
India has asked the US to ensure that the weapons supplied to Pakistan to fight Taliban and extremists elements are not directed against this country.
Asked if the military aid issue could have any impact on the chances of the American companies in the fray to supply 126 combat aircraft to the Indian Air Force, Naik said, “As far as 126 multi-role combat aircraft deal is concerned, it will be a fair and square assessment... presently, there is no connection between the two.”
He said the IAF was going ahead with the trials of the six companies offering their aircraft and “after that, we will sit down to finalise it (the award of the contract.)”
On reports that the IAF was developing its air fields in the Eastern sector to counter the Chinese threat, the IAF chief said the upgrade of infrastructure in the region was “long overdue” but was not “country specific.” He added the air fields were being upgraded to operate the latest modern aircraft in the IAF inventory.
Asked if the recent test-firings of the Agni, Prithvi and Dhanush ballistic missiles were aimed at sending out a message, Naik said, “Whenever we have to give a message to anybody, we give it loud and clear. Whenever there is a message to be given, we will let you know.”

 
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