In response to a question, the Air Force Chief said that 36 Rafale aircraft will be inducted in the Air Force by 2022. The Air Force’s target on the Rafale induction plan is definite. Our target is 2022, that is absolutely certain.
The security challenges for India are changing rapidly. Therefore, major changes are needed in the Air Force as well. This is to say of Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria. Addressing an event on Saturday, the Air Chief said that keeping in mind the rapidly changing security challenges and the growing geopolitical uncertainties in the neighborhood and other regions, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is in a critical phase of transformation by rapidly inducting technologies. passing through.
In response to a question, he said that by 2022, 36 Rafale aircraft will be inducted in the Air Force. The target of the Air Force on the plan to induct Rafale is definite. Our target is 2022, that is absolutely certain.
He said, ‘Our target is 2022. It is absolutely certain. I had mentioned this earlier also. Except for one or two planes, there may be a slight delay due to covid reasons, but some planes are arriving ahead of time. So we have a very clear target on the Rafale induction plan. As you know, we are fully prepared on the plan of operation, so in terms of time, we will complete the work on time.
Addressing the Joint Graduation Parade (CGP) at the Air Force Academy, Bhadauria said that the Air Force is passing through a critical phase of transformation. Technology and combat power are now being integrated more rapidly into every aspect of our operations than ever before.
“This is primarily due to the unprecedented and rapidly changing security challenges we face in addition to the growing geopolitical uncertainties in our neighborhood and other regions,” he said.
Bhadauria said that the last few decades have clearly established the important role of air power in winning every conflict and in view of this, the ongoing increase in the capability of the Indian Air Force assumes great importance.
Let us tell you, in the year 2016, India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France, according to which 36 Rafale aircraft were to be purchased for Rs 59,000 crore.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had said in February that by April 2022, the entire consignment of fighter jets would be present in the country. When asked about the situation in eastern Ladakh, the Air Chief said that talks are on between China and India and the first step is to move forward by reaching an agreement and to carry out the process of retreat at the points of conflict.