Mumbai: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is prepared for any possible conflict, including a two-front war with China and Pakistan, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said at the annual Air Force Day press conference on Monday.
“The Indian Air Force is ready for any potential conflict, including a two-front war. The emerging landscape in our neighborhood and beyond needs to have a strong capability to fight across the entire spectrum of war. Let me share with you confidently that operationally, we are among the best,” the Air Chief said.
Bhadoria also mentioned that the unification of Rafales gave the Indian Air Force an operational and technical edge, which would enable them to ‘shoot first and execute deep and difficult attacks’.
“The integration of Rafals brings in a platform equipped with weapons, sensors, and technologies that are ahead and will give us an operational and technological edge in the field.
Combined with the advanced operational capabilities of our current fighter fleet, which propels us forward, it gives us the ability to shoot first, and even strike deep and hard in contested airspace. The IAF is continuously working to increase integration and operations between the three services, which will enhance our combat capability.
Asked about the deployment of the Air Force in Ladakh during the standoff with China, he said, “We have deployed forces at all relevant operational locations to reach the region. Be rest assured that we’ve deployed strongly and are firmly in place to handle any contingency.”
He added, “Our action plan for the Northeast is very high. Our capability in the Northeast will be very strong in terms of aerial capability to decide what will happen in the event of any scenario or conflict.”