India’s Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa has said that once the Rafale jets come in, Pakistan won’t have an answer to the Indian capabilities.
Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief B S Dhanoa on Monday said that Rafale jets will the best combat aircraft in the Indian sub-continent and once these are inducted, Pakistan won’t dare to come near the Line of Control (LoC) or the international border.
Speaking to the news agency ANI, “When the Rafale comes in, the deterrence of our air defence will increase manifold. They [Pak] will not come anywhere near the LoC or the border, with the kind of capability that we will possess, for which presently they [Pak] don’t have an answer.”
“We are going to get Rafale in the month of September. Rafale will give a tremendous jump to our capability and it is superior to all the aircraft in the inventory of both our adversaries,” he said.
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“If the Indian Air Force had the Rafale today, the situation would have been different, but some people do not have it in them to understand this,” Modi said, adding “When I say this, they question the Air Force strikes.”
India and Pakistan are engaged in an ongoing military confrontation in the disputed Kashmir region and its neighbouring provinces; the heightened tensions stem from a suicide car bombing that happened on 14 February 2019.
In the bombing, a militant from Jammu and Kashmir killed 40 Indian Central Reserve Police Force members in Pulwama. The militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility, while Pakistan’s government condemned the attack and denied any involvement.
Reacting to the suicide attack, the Indian Air Force on 26 February violated the Line of Control (LOC) to conduct what it called “preemptive” aerial strikes that targeted a terrorist training camp and killed several militants.
On the latter day, Pakistan conducted airstrikes in Indian-administered Kashmir which caused no casualties or damage.
Also on 27 February, Pakistan claimed that it had shot down two Indian jets over Pakistani airspace. Pakistan captured one Indian pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman, and he was subsequently released on 1 March as a peace gesture