Former Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal (retd) BS Dhanoa on Sunday emphasised that the Rafale aircraft will give India a strategic advantage in case of any aerial combat saying that purpose of the newly bought fighter jets is to hit Pakistani aircraft inside its air space and not when they come inside our territory.
In an interview to news agency PTI, Dhanoa said the Rafale jets along with S-400 missile systems will give the Indian Air Force (IAF) a major combat edge in the entire region and that India’s adversaries will think twice before starting a war with it.
“The purpose of the S-400 missile system and Rafale is to hit Pakistani aircraft inside Pakistani air space and not when they come inside Indian territory.” He said. “Pakistan would not have responded on February 27 last year to the Balakot air strikes if India had the French-manufactured jets then.”
Earlier this week, the Indian Air Force received a huge boost to its capabilities with the arrival of the first batch of French-made Rafale aircraft. The five aircraft made the 7,000-km journey from France to the Indian sub-continent before touching down at the IAF’s airbase in Ambala.