Indian Air Force Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Friday admitted that shooting down its own Mi-17 helicopter in Kashmir on February 27 was a “big mistake” and punitive action is being taken against the guilty.
“It was a big mistake on our part to shoot down our own helicopter on Feb 27. Court of inquiry submitted its report on shooting down of chopper, disciplinary action being taken against two officers,” he said.
In his first press conference after being appointed the Indian Air Force Chief, Bhadauria said Air Force has achieved many important milestones in the last year including Balakot airstrikes. He reiterated that IAF is prepared to meet any contingency and does not rest on past laurels.
Bhadauria also said acquisition of Rafale aircraft and S400 air defence systems will greatly enhance IAF’s operational capabilities.
On February 27, a surface-to-air missile of the Indian Air Force brought down the Mi-17 aircraft in Kashmir’s Budgam, a…