In our national endeavour to acquire a formidable and sturdy defence capability, the fleet air arm must serve as a veritable sword arm of the Indian Navy. The exponential growth of a fledgling Fleet Requirement Unit with ten amphibian Sealand aircraft in 1953 into a reckonable modern force is testimony to the Navy’s aspirations and resolve in developing this arm. This stems from global cognition of aviation component of a fleet as an invaluable tool for power projection and extending surveillance reach.
Current projects, ranging from acquisition of an aircraft carrier to fitment of the most modern and state-of-the-art equipment onboard aerial platforms, are in consonance with the envisaged growth of the Navy and the challenges that it must face in the future. Indian Naval Aviation is set to propel itself into the major league of tomorrow’s navies.