The IAF is now all set to bolster it network-centric warfare capabilities with its state-of-the-art digital information grid AFNET (air force network) slated to become operational next week. ‘‘AFNET, a fully secure and reliable network, will make IAF a true net-centric combat force. It will replace the old communication network set-up using the tropo-scatter technology of the 1950s,’’ said an official. Linking all major IAF formations and static establishments through a secure wide-area network (WAN), AFNET will accelerate the use of information technology as well as link all field units through a dedicated satellite. The five nodes of IACCS (integrated air command and control system) being established — the first is already operational in the western sector facing Pakistan — will also ride the AFNET backbone, integrating all ground-based and airborne sensors and air defence weapons. The automated IACCS will enable quick transfer of data from low-level transportable radars, highpower static radars and medium-power radars.