Results skewed in our favour if we had Rafale: IAF Chief
New Delhi: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Monday said the results would have been further skewed in favour of India if it had inducted the Rafale combat aircraft in time.
BS Dhanoa while elaborating on air strike in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan said, “In the Balakot operations, we had technology on our side as we could launch precision standoff weapons with great accuracy. In the subsequent engagement, we came out better because we had upgraded our MiG-21 Bisons and Mirage-2000 aircraft.”
Dhanoa said that the IAF’s modernisation programme is to progressively absorb technology through indigenisation in the long-run.
Dhanoa further said, “Post our strike on militant training camp, to thwart impending strike on our soil, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) launched a riposte on February 27 against Indian military targets. Did they succeed in their objective? The answer is a clear ‘no’ as the attack was th warted while we achieved our objective in Balakot.”
“Referring to the 1965 war, Dhanoa took a jibe at Pakistan saying it had “lost half the country”, despite the fact that the IAF had lost 59 aircraft compared to 43 of PAF aircraft,” he said.