Mumbai: Indian Air Force (IAF) is ready for a Balakot-like strike in future said Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.
Speaking to reporters after taking over from outgoing chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa as the chief of the air staff, Bhadoria said that the Air Force was ‘prepared then’ and would be prepared to conduct a Balakot-like strike in the future.
“We were ready then, we will be ready next time. We will be ready to face any challenge, any threat,” Bhadauria said.
“We are aware of the report and we will take necessary action, as necessary,” he said. Bhadoria has taken office at a time when Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan has threatened nuclear war on Kashmir.
Commenting on Pakistan’s repeated reference to strategic weapons, Bhadoria said – “They have an understanding of nuclear aspects. We have our own understanding, our own analysis. We will be ready to face any challenge.”
Bhadauria, who has also played a key role in the acquisition of the Rafale fighter jet, has previously stated that the Rafale is a very capable aircraft and will be a game-changer in our operational capability. “This will give India an edge over Pakistan and China,” Bhadoria said.