In 1971, we were only capable of dropping a battalion group at Tangail in Bangladesh.
There is a urgent requirement to be able to lift and transport a complete Brigade group by air, using helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. This capability is essential to move a brigade rapidly over large distances.
There's a pressing requirement to re-examine the quantum of Teeth versus Tail as also the proliferation of staff manning the various headquarters, particularly at New Delhi. Staff procedures at Service Headquarters need to be streamlined. The bureaucracy in Olive Green at Service Headquarters today is more Whitehall than Whitehall in London itself.
Image: Il-76 [K3014] at Palam international airport. Note the tarpaulin cover tied to the front of the aircraft