India China standoff: Indian forces prepared for any eventuality, at ‘no war no peace’ status, says IAF chief
The Air Force chief’s remarks come as the Army gears up to fight the cold weather by making arrangements for winter deployment of troops and equipment.
New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) chief RKS Bhadauria on Tuesday said that the situation on the India-China border is a “no war, no peace status”, adding that the country’s defence forces are prepared for any eventuality.
The recent induction of Rafales to the Indian Air Force fleet along with other high-power military equipment will enable India’s victory “in any future conflict”, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Tuesday asserted referring to the long-standing face-off between India and China in eastern Ladakh.
“Present security scenario along our northern frontiers is at an uneasy — no war, no peace status…The recent induction of Rafales with Chinook, Apaches, along with other aircraft fleet has provided IAF with substantial tactical and strategic capability enhancement,” the IAF chief said, describing the prevailing situation at China border.
“Our defence forces are prepared for any eventuality. IAF is resolved to counter any misadventure. Airpower will be a crucial enabler in our victory in any future conflict,” IAF Chief Bhadauria added.
On India’s enhanced capabilities backed by revamped aircraft fleet after induction of Rafale, IAF chief Bhadauria said, “Air power will be a crucial enabler in our victory in any future conflict. Induction of Rafale jets along with Chinook, Apaches and other aircraft fleet provided IAF substantial tactical capabilities.”
Five French-made multi-role Rafale fighter jets were inducted into the IAF on September 10.
The fleet has been carrying out sorties in eastern Ladakh in the last couple of weeks.
Notably, while inducting the fighter jets into the Golden Arrows Squadron, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the Rafale acquisition is a “big and stern message for the entire world, especially to those eyeing our sovereignty”.