HiThis is the fundamental difference in Western training and Soviet training. The degree of independence a sector commander, or an officer holds.
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.
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.
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.
Vir Chakra awardee Abhinandan Varthaman, flew a sortie in a MiG-21 Type 69 fighter Aircraft with IAF chief BS Dhanoa.www.indiatoday.in
Paf always claimed to follow the american doctrine in training and operations.
But the GLORY of the 65 war got to their head. It started with the air chief and rolled down.
Incidently incompetence also found its mark amongst the senior officers as well. Many a promotions went to boot lickers.
Why is israel successful even though there are many boot lickers there—-because there still are many with the likes of Gen Sharon who once they started going did not stop to any command.
You should read up on his history of the 73 war.