Since time immemorial natural disasters have troubled mankind. Losses due to disasters have shown a growing trend in terms loss of lives and property throughout India due to the unique geo-climatic conditions, urbanization, increasing population and cumulative degradation of the environment. Floods, droughts, cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes landslides etc. have been a recurring phenomenon and the IAF is looking at enhancing its capabilities to meet these challenges. When disaster strikes, access to accurate information and the capacity to respond with life saving assistance to the affected areas and people is critical.
Thus humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) has been an important peace time duty for all the services both at home and abroad.The IAF is looking to buttress its capabilities in this regard with innovative solutions to cut down its response times dramatically, even as the frequency and severity of nature's fury continue to increase.