Even as the IAF carried out pan India air exercises Gagan Shakti 2018, it is thin squadron strength and a limited number of fighter jets that is worrying the military planners and strategists.
It is assessed that it would require at least two days time for the Indian Air force to shift focus from Pakistan to China in case of an emergency two-front war scenario.
This could have been easier if the squadron strength had been of 42.
The Indian Air Force that is operating with only 33 fighter squadrons against the sanctioned strength of 42 will be further reduced to only 16 by 2032 and 19 by 2027.
As of now, the Air Force requires at least 45 squadrons but it is well short of the target. Each squadron has 18-20 fighter jets.>