Indo-China Standoff: "No war, No Peace" In Ladakh Says IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria

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The Indian Air Force Chief, RKS Bhadauria on Tuesday exclaimed that the security situation along the country’s northern borders was at “an uneasy, no war-no peace status” and the Indian military was prepared for any eventuality, amid heightened military tensions with China in the sensitive Ladakh sector.

The IAF Chief was speaking at a conference on ‘Energizing Indian Aerospace Industry: Challenges in the New Environment." He further said, “Air power will be a crucial enabler for our victory in any future conflict. It is really critical for any future conflict. It is imperative that the IAF obtains and maintains technological edge over our adversaries.

The conference was organised by the Centre for Air Power Studies along with the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

IAF Chief Bhadauria also expressed about the Indian Air Force's quick response to the growing developments in the Ladakh region and that it was prepared to face any misadventure by the adversary.

Bhadauria also said that the recent induction of several platforms including the Rafales, C-17s, Chinooks and Apaches had provided the IAF with “substantial tactical and strategic capability enhancement.

The Rafale Induction Ceremony

The IAF’s current fleet of five Rafale fighters is fully operational and ready to undertake any mission. India ordered 36 Rafale jets from France in a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore in September 2016.

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