INTERVIEW* AIR CDRE. (RETD) JAMAL HUSSAIN DIRECTOR CENTRE FOR AEROSPACE POWER STUDIES PAF BASE, FAISAL FORMER COMMANDANT JOINT SERVICES STAFF COLLEGE

Khayyam Durrani
2005 Market Forces April   unpublished
Market Forces: Recent wars have shown that air power plays a cardinal role in modern warfare. Do you envisage any change in the defence strategy of Pakistan in view of the space-increasing role of air power? Air Cdr (R) Jamal Hussain: That air power would dominate the future battlefield was foreseen by the pioneer air power strategists even when the new medium of warfare was at its nascent stage and its ability to influence the land battle was very limited. Before answering your specific
more » ... our specific question a very brief look at how air power over a century has fulfilled the prophecy of its visionaries would be in order. At the outbreak of World War I (WWI) in 1914, military aviation consisted of light wooden bi/tri planes with maximum speeds of less than 100 mph and very limited load carrying capacity. With both sides using increasing number of aircraft for reconnaissance, artillery * The views expressed in the publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Ministry of Defence, Pakistan Air Force or the Government of Pakistan. observations and occasional bombing raids, the inevitable happened and aircraft started to shoot at each other to prevent the adversary from taking military advantage of the new medium. It marked the birth of fighter aircraft whose numbers proliferated and their performance took a quantum leap. The battle for 'control of the air' had truly begun. The first air power doctrine of gaining control of the air had been established. WWI ended in 1918. During the war, all subsequent roles of air power had either been established or attempted, and the doctrines of command of air and support to surface
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