Indian Air Force (IAF) chief BS Dhanoa on Monday (March 25) in an exclusive interview with Indian news agency said that Pakistan won’t dare to come near the Line of Control (LoC) or the international border as Rafale jets will the best combat aircraft in the Indian sub-continent.
Dhanoa said, “When the Rafale comes in, it will ensure that the deterrence of our air defence will increase manifold and they (Pakistan) will not come anywhere near our Line of Control or border. That kind of capability we will possess for which presently they (Pakistan) don’t have an answer.” The first Rafale aircraft under a 36-plane deal with France is scheduled to be delivered in September to the IAF.
“We are going to get Rafale in the month of September. Rafale will give a tremendous jump to our capability and it is superior to all the aircraft in the inventory of both our adversaries,” he said. “Ability to transfer heavy loads and acclimatise troops from high altitude into another valley is a game-changing capability. If the enemy surprises us in any such valley, we can move troops immediately to such spots to get into battle. Our ability to do this is now enhanced for day and night with this helicopter,” he said.
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17 November, 2019