BS Dhanoa Says Air Force Has To Retrain Itself To A Changed War Paradigm

Ex-Air Chief BS Dhanoa said Rafale will help restore technological asymmetry. (File)


The Air Force needs to “reorient and retrain” itself to a changed paradigm of war, former Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Sunday, adding that the Rafale fighter aircraft and S400 missile defence system will help restore technological asymmetry in India’s favour.

“Though the Indian Air Force has trained itself to fight a full-scale conventional war in a joint campaign with sister services, it has to reorient and retrain itself to the changed paradigm. It must plan and address capability voids in time,” the former Air Chief Marshal said.

“We come to realise that sub-conventional conflict over terrorist attack on one of our installations and personnel has the highest probability of occurrence, because it can happen anytime and anywhere. This is something for which we need to be prepared 24/7,” he said during a lecture in Ahmedabad.

Speaking on likely scenarios of the future, the former IAF chief said, A skirmish or a localised conflict like Kargil due to a terrorist attack that has gone awry like Uri and Pulwama is within the realm of possibility of our western neighbour,” he said.

“Hence spending on the integrated perimeter security system of our bases is more important than bemoaning not having a full authorised centre required for a two-front war,” he added.

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