Indian Air Force Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria on Tuesday said the current security scenario along the northern border of the country is at a no war, no peace status. In case of a future conflict, air power will play a critical role in ensuring India’s victory, Bhadauria said. It’s important that the IAF obtains and maintains the technological edge over adversaries, the IAF chief said while addressing a webinar jointly organised by the Centre for Air Power Studies and the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers.
Bhadauria said the IAF has received substantial tactical and strategic capability enhancement after the induction of Rafale fighter jets along with C-17 transport aircraft, Chinook heavy lift helicopters, Apache attack helicopters and other aircraft fleets.
He highlighted India’s capabilities to develop indigenous military hardware.He said that creation of two squadrons of light combat aircraft Tejas and integration of some locally made weapons on Sukhoi Su-30 MKI combat jets in a brief interval of time have been the most promising development.
Meanwhile, amid the ongoing border row with China along Ladakh, the IAF is on high alert. The defence force has forward deployed various frontline fighter jets in the region. For the last couple of weeks, the sorties have been carried out in eastern Ladakh.
After the face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Galwan valley in which 20 Indian troops were killed in June and an undeclared number of Chinese soldiers died, Bhadauria visited Ladakh for two days to review the preparations of the IAF.
Earlier this month, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow and agreed to not let the situation escalate further.