This is the fundamental difference in Western training and Soviet training. The degree of independence a sector commander, or an officer holds.You look at 71 war---PIA pilot says gun boats being pulled behind a ship---. The pakistani base commander does not have the courage to launch a recon mission to see what it is---calls his boss---the air chief---who refuses to oblige---pak naval shipyard and fuel tanks are decimated---.
At the end of the day, people need to ask, what do such rigid rules achieve?
Given the nature of your neighbour, one would think that the PAF would have a lot more common sense.So---this Atlantique and navy aircraft wants to take off for recce mission---they are advised not to---but it still does---.
On seeing the navy aircraft is vulnerable---the Paf does nothing---does not launch a shadow aircraft of their own to track the Atlantique---.
IMO, BEFORE a unit heads out it should make sure that CAS is in place, it might NOT need it, but its better to insure that should the need arise, the asset is in place. After all not everyone can afford a separate air wing.For this very reason---the US marines have called the USAF traitors---they faced the same problems---so they created their own air force---so that the marines don't have to depend on the air support---.
PN desperately needs a "Strike Air Wing" and the way its procurements are progressing IA +/-3yrs it will have one.
Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief, Dhanoa is also a MiG-21 pilot and had flown the planes during the 1999 Kargil war while commanding the 17 Squadron, during the war.Aftermath of Kargil war---pak army had shot down 2 aircraft on pakistan's side---and mutliple aircraft on the indian side thru SA missiles---( the indian air chief recently claimed he was shot down during Kargil war---and no one raised an eye brow from pakistan's side---that what aircraft was he flying )---
Vir Chakra awardee Abhinandan Varthaman, flew a sortie in a MiG-21 Type 69 fighter Aircraft with IAF chief BS Dhanoa.