India needs an aerospace command to exploit the outer space and it will be established soon, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi on Sunday said.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is in the process of establishing an aerospace command to exploit outer space by integrating its capabilities, he told reporters in Gandhinagar.
The remark of Air Chief, here to attend the South Western Air Command's station commanders' conference, assumes significance as recent reports said China has successfully tested its anti-satellite weapon by destroying one of its own weather satellites.
"As the reach of the Indian Air Force is expanding it has become extremely important that we exploit space and for it you need space assets," Tyagi, due to retire in March, noted.
"We are an aerospace power having trans-oceanic reach. We have started training a core group of people for the 'aerospace command'."
The IAF Chief was non-commital on exact time frame of setting up of the aerospace command.
Aerospace command will be an integration of various components of the Air Force. Indian satellites, radars, communications systems, fighter aircraft and helicopters would be integrated under the command, IAF officers said.
This would be done taking into considerations various need such as communciations, reconnaissance and battelfield damage assessment as the reach of the IAF has increased, they observed.