Tuesday, May 21, 2024

China can’t get better of India in air power, asserts Air chief Bhadauria

China can’t get better of India in air power, asserted Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria in a press interaction today. ahead of Air Force Day on October 8.

As per the chief, the Indian Air Force is “well positioned and has made strong deployments in relevant areas.

Bhadauria also said IAF is prepared to deal in a scenario of two-front war on its northern and western borders. “Be rest assured we have deployed strongly to deal with any such contingency,” he said about the situation in eastern Ladakh.

“We have made deployment in all relevant areas; Ladakh is a small part,” he said. Induction of Rafale jets has given us an operational edge, he added.

India and China are locked in a bitter five-month standoff in eastern Ladakh that has strained their ties to unprecedented levels. Many bilateral talks have happened but the standoff continues.

Fresh rounds of talks between the two armies are scheduled on October 12 with a specific agenda of a roadmap for disengagement of troops from the friction points.

India has deployed thousands of troops and heavy weaponry in the high-altitude region.

All the frontline fighter jets of the IAF like Sukhoi, Jaguar, Mirage 2000 are already in the frontier air bases in eastern Ladakh and elsewhere along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The newly inducted fleet of five Rafale jets have also been carrying out sorties in eastern Ladakh.

The IAF is also busy in night-time combat air patrols over the region in an unmistakable message to China.

Following the last round of military talks on September 21, the two armies had announced a slew of decisions, including not to send more troops to the frontline. Refrain from unilaterally changing the ground situation and avoiding taking any action that could further complicate matters.

The military talks were held with a specific agenda following a five-point agreement reached between External Affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on September 10 on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) conclave.


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