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The IAF Chief said, "Today we have this seamless air space surveillance capability across the entire air space and this has been done indigenously with our own industry." He added, "India and the IAF are conscious of responsibility shared with our friends in responding to calls for assistance in wake of natural disasters and calamities."
Days after Air Chief Marshal's comment that the IAF is prepared to deal with a two-front war if such a scenario arises, Pakistan termed the remark as "irresponsible". Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson further asked the IAF Chief to "keep in mind his country's defence limitations", according to Pakistani media Dawn. Amid the border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria on October 5 had said that the Indian Air Force is very "well-positioned".
IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Tuesday said that an ‘uneasy status’ prevails at northern frontiers with China at present in an apparent reference to the heightened border tension with Beijing. The IAF chief said at the moment “no war, no peace” status was holding along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) despite concerted efforts to end the ongoing standoff at several friction points in eastern Ladakh. Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, however, added that the armed forces are prepared for any eventuality and that the Air Force particularly is resolved to counter “any misadventure”.
A formal induction ceremony of the five Rafale fighter aircraft into the IAF's 17 Squadron, the 'Golden Arrows', will be held at the Ambala airbase in Haryana on Thursday. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence will be the chief guests for the event. The Rafale jets are India's first major acquisition of fighter planes in more than two decades.
A formal induction ceremony of the Rafale fighter aircraft into the IAF will be held at the Ambala airbase in Haryana on September 10. Earlier, sources had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is most likely to attend the ceremony. The first batch of five Rafale jets, which arrived at the Ambala airbase on July 29.
The Air Force chief is visiting premier air bases in the eastern sector to review the level of operational preparedness and capability enhancement. RKS Bhadauria also interacted with air warriors serving at these bases. Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane also reached Ladakh to review the ongoing security situation along the LAC in the region.
The Rafale jets is known globally as one of the most potent strategic platforms with unmatched capability in carrying out a variety of roles. It will significantly bolster India's air combat capabilities when it is facing hostile neighbours like Pakistan and China. With more than 30,000 flight hours in operations, it has proven its worth in combat in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, Iraq and Syria.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday heralded the touchdown of Rafale fighter jets on Indian soil as a “game-changer". He added that Rafale is way ahead, either in speed or weapon capabilities. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, he called it a historic day for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and a proud moment for India.
India on Wednesday received its first batch of new combat-proven fighter aircraft in two decades with the arrival of five Rafale jets. The aircraft, having an undisputed track record and considered one of the most potent combat jets globally, landed at the Ambala Air Force airbase. Each jet was given a special water cannon salute at the strategically-located airbase in the presence of top brass of the Indian Air Force.