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‘You never know who the enemy is’: IAF chief V R Chaudhari warns of future hybrid warfare | India News

‘You never know who the enemy is’: IAF chief V R Chaudhari warns of future hybrid warfare | India News

New Delhi: Israeli Air Force chief Vivek Ram Choudary has warned that future war is likely to be mixed in nature, as weapons such as economic strangulation, information blackout, computer viruses and hypersonic missiles will be used.

Speaking at an event organized by the All India Management Association (AIMA) on Tuesday, Air Chief Marshall said that “internet and information” have become modern tools for shaping the battlefield.

The head of the Israeli Air Force has stated that a good informational narrative to negatively influence the enemy can have devastating effects. Choudhury noted that as humans become increasingly interconnected, a cyber attack on our networks can cripple command and control structures.

“What I’m trying to get at is that in the next war, the enemy may not be a state or an organization,” he said. He added that India may never know the perpetrators of the “Distributed Denial of Services” attack, and we will not know when and where the attack will take place.

He noted that in the future, India could be attacked on all fronts, from economic strangulation to diplomatic isolation and military confrontation and ending with the withholding of information in the form of attacks by “distributed denial of services”. He noted that all this would happen long before the first shot was fired or the first plane crossed the border.

Future wars will likely be mixed in nature, and the spectrum of conflict will spread across all domains spanning from conventional to semi-conventional, kinetic to non-kinetic, lethal to non-lethal, all under a nuclear burden.

“The weapons we are looking for will range from small computer viruses to hypersonic missiles,” he added.

“There is a need for us to develop capabilities across the full scope of conflict and focus on multi-domain operations. Likewise, our doctrines, equipment, training, and tactics must be flexible and able to adapt quickly to these new challenges,” he emphasized.

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