IAF Chief B S Dhanoa backs Rafale deal: ‘Need to match our adversaries’

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 12, 2018 11:24:43 am

Air Chief B S Dhanoa was speaking at a seminar on ‘IAF’s force structure, 2035’, in New Delhi on Wednesday (Express Photo/Gurmeet Singh/File)

Indian Air Force Chief B S Dhanoa Wednesday said the government’s order of two Rafale squadrons was in line with similar purchases made earlier. The Air Chief Marshal added that the jets, along with India’s purchase of S-400 missile systems, will enhance the IAF’s capability. The IAF currently has 31 fighter squadrons against the authorised strength of 42—each squadron comprises 16 to 18 aircraft.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘IAF’s force structure, 2035’ in New Delhi, the IAF Chief said India was confronted with a grave threat as its neighbours are not sitting idle, reported news agency PTI. He added that China is “significantly” modernising its air force. “Intentions of our adversaries can change overnight. We need to match force level of our adversaries,” Dhanoa said.

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