Underlining the importance of Rafale fighter jets for India, IAF Chief BS Dhanoa on Monday said that Pakistan won’t dare to come near the Line of Control (LoC) or the international border once these aircraft are inducted.
Answering a question over Rafale’s air-to-air capability in a combat situation, the IAF chief said that these fighter jets will be the best combat aircraft in the Indian sub-continent.
“When the Rafale comes in, it will ensure that the deterrence of our air defence will increase manifold and they (Pakistan) will not come anywhere near our Line of Control or border. That kind of capability we will possess for which presently they (Pakistan) don’t have an answer,” Dhanoa was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
According to defence experts, the presence of Rafale jets would not have allowed the Pakistan planes to come close to the LoC in view of the fact that they will be armed with Meteor air-to-air missiles with the capability to shoot down enemy planes at strikes ranges up to 150 km.
“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,” the IAF chief added.
Talking about the Chinook helicopters that were inducted into IAF today, Dhanoa said they will be very useful for the IAF in high-altitude regions.
Dhanoa said that the ability to transfer heavy loads and acclimatise troops from high altitude into another valley is a game-changing capability.
If the enemy surprises us in any such valley, we can move troops immediately to such spots to get into battle. Our ability to do this is now enhanced for day and night with this helicopter,” he said.
The IAF chief pointed out that the inter-valley troop transfer will be helpful for the Indian military along borders with Pakistan and China and asserted that “the high-altitude game is more with China than Pakistan”.