Former Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Arup Raha while delivering a talk on the ” The Chanakya Dialogues” advocated arming India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) with a bomber squadron of its own that will be independent of the IAF. The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) is the only tri-service functional command that controls, manages, and administers the country’s nuclear weapons.

idrw like to point out that SFC a few years back had suggested it be allowed to operate 40 Sukhoi-30MKI that will be in charge of delivering nuclear payloads independent of the Indian Air Force. SFC is dependent on the IAF’s fleet of fighter jets like Mirage-2000 and Su-30MKI to deliver nuclear payloads then IAF top brass was strongly against the creation of a such separate fleet.

English Electric Canberra, was the only dedicated bomber type that the IAF operated until the late seventies. Canberra was later replaced by the induction of Deep ground strike combat jets like now retired Russian Mig-27 and Anglo-French Jaguar jets that will be retired by 2034. In the age of low observable bomber aircraft, IAF might be interested in procuring either the Russian PAK-DA next-generation stealth strategic bomber or American Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider to meet its requirements for SFC.

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