Logistics and maintenance are the backbone of the IAF. While the pilot spearheads the operations, the maintenance forces make sure that the spear is sharp and always ready. Excellent maintenance enables the IAF to maintain a high level of operational preparedness which offsets the numerical superiority of the threat.
Very short turn-around times in terms of rearming and refueling are the hidden multipliers which translate into aircraft availability. The high rate of mission-ready aircraft is achieved with only a fraction of the manpower found in comparably sized air forces. The secret? Professionalism, ingenuity and lots of hard work.
One example of high-tech maintenance is the sophisticated computer system which allows any technician to check the entire maintenance history of a specific plane or aircraft type. This saves time and money in troubleshooting and repairing damaged aircraft.