Addressing the Annual Commanders' Conference of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria also stressed the need of innovation, self-reliance and indigenisation.
‘We are absolutely on target with the Rafale induction plan,’ IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria said on Saturday
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria also hailed the decision of creating the post of the Chief of Defence Staff as a ‘historic phase of higher defence reforms.’
The newly inducted fleet of five Rafale jets has been carrying out sorties in eastern Ladakh.
The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29 and the second batch of four Rafale jets is expected to arrive in India in the next four weeks.
‘I would like to commend all air warriors for their prompt response in the recent standoff along the northern frontiers,’ Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said. The Indian Air Force celebrates its 88th Foundation Day today.
India and China are involved in a bitter border standoff in eastern Ladakh for five months now. The tension on the border has also resulted in straining the relationship between both countries.
Air Chief Marshall RKS Bhadauria has said that the Chinese air force can't match IAF’s capabilities. According to reports, the newly inducted fleet of five Rafale jets have been carrying out sorties in eastern Ladakh.
According to IAF officials, Ambala was chosen for housing Rafales in the western sector due to several factors such as depth from the border, base infrastructure and other technical facilities.
'The development at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh is a small snapshot of what we are required to handle at short notice' the Air Force Chief said.
General Bipin Rawat said the Indian Air Force will conduct flypasts from Srinagar to Thiruvananthapuram, from Dibrugarh to Kutch as thanksgiving to the coronavirus warriors.
Sachin Tendulkar attended the 8th Indian Air Force Day, which was dominated by Balakot with the 51 Squadron, the 9 Squadron and 601 signal unit getting citations for their roles in the air strike on terrorist camps in February
Stressing that the present security environment in the neighbourhood is a case of serious concern, the Air Chief said Pulwama attack is a stark reminder of the persistent threat to defence installations.
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