By providing Rafale and S-400 govt is strengthening the IAF to counter shortfalls of the depleting numbers: Air Force Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa

Air Force Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa today said that the Government’s decision to procure French Rafale fighter jets and Russian air defence missile system will help in filling the gap of combat capabilities of the Indian Air Force.

Addressing a seminar in New Delhi, Mr Dhanoa said, it is crucial that India matches the force levels of its adversaries.  He said no country in the world is facing the kind of grave threat that India is confronted with.

The Air Chief said the intentions of adversaries can change overnight and that the Air Force needs to match their force level. He said, India’s neighbours are not sitting idle and countries like China are modernising their air force significantly.

The Air Force Chief said, by providing the Rafale and S-400, the government is strengthening the Indian Air Force to counter the shortfalls of the depleting numbers. Mr Dhanoa justified the procurement of only two Rafale jet squadrons, saying there was an example of similar purchases.

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