Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria sent a stern warning to China as he asserted that the Indian Air Force is very "well positioned" to deal with any threat in the wake of escalating tensions between India and China
Bengaluru: Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria sent a stern warning to China as he asserted that the Indian Air Force is very "well positioned" to deal with any threat in the wake of escalating tensions between India and China.
He addressed a press conference ahead of Air Force Day on October 8. Bhadauria stressed on the point that Chinese air power can't get the better of India's capabilities but at the same time added that there is no question of underestimating the adversary.
Furthermore, he also stressed that the IAF is prepared to deal with a two-front war along the northern and western borders if such a scenario arises.
"Rest assured that we have deployed strongly to deal with any contingency," the IAF chief said when asked about the situation in eastern Ladakh and possible threat from China in the region.
"We have made deployment in all relevant areas; Ladakh is a small part," he said.
The two countries have been at loggerheads ever since the Galwan clashed in which as many as 20 Indian soldiers were martyred. In retaliation, China too has suffered massive losses, but has stopped short on the number of casualties.
India has deployed its top aircraft like Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar and Mirage 2000 aircraft in the key frontier air bases in eastern Ladakh and elsewhere along the Line of Actual Control.
It is interesting to note that the he newly inducted fleet of five Rafale jets has also been carrying out sorties in eastern Ladakh.
The IAF has also been carrying out night-time combat air patrols over the eastern Ladakh region in an apparent message to China that it was ready to deal with any eventuality in the mountainous region.
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Last Updated Oct 5, 2020, 2:53 PM IST