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India to set up separate theatre command for J&K: CDS

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New Delhi, Feb 17: India is looking at setting up a separate theatre command for Jammu and Kashmir, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said on Monday.

The air defence command is to be rolled out by the beginning of next year and the Peninsula command by the end of 2021, Gen Rawat told a select group of journalists.


The Indian Air Force will helm the air defence command and all-long range missiles as well as air defence assets will come under it, he said.

“India is looking at setting up a separate theatre command for Jammu and Kashmir,” Gen Rawat said.

A theatre command is an organisational structure designed to control all military assets in a theatre of war to achieve military effects. A joint command is called a ‘theatre command’ in military parlance (of army, air force and navy). It places the resources of all forces at the command of a senior military commander.

Indian Navy’s Eastern and Western commands will be integrated into the Peninsula command, he said.

India will also have a separate training and doctrinal command and logistics command, he added.

He also favoured a policy of staggered procurement of big ticket purchases, including acquisition of 114 fighter jets.

The Navy’s demand for a third aircraft carrier will be considered after assessing performance of indigenously-built aircraft carrier, he said.

Gen Rawat also said that submarines are a priority over aircraft carrier for the Navy.

India is also looking at overseas bases for logistics, he added.