HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · Chaudhari has given his statement as he addressed the media on the 89th anniversary of the Indian Air Force
  • · The Air Chief Marshal has observed that the Chinese air force is still present on their side of the LAC, however, IAF was prepared as well
  • · He has stated that the IAF was in the process of new combat systems in order to assure a harder defence on the adversaries

On Tuesday, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari stated that “within this year”, the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missiles will be inducted. The IAF chief was addressing a press conference, where he was talking about the new weapons the force is scheduled to receive and its preparedness in the borders of India.

“The S-400 should be inducted this year,” said Mr. Chaudhari, as he addressed the media on the 89th anniversary of the IAF. He has further added that the Chinese air force is still maintaining its presence on the three airbases lying on their side of the Line Of Actual Control (LAC), however, he has also assured that the IAF was prepared.

Chaudhari also observes that the forces’ capacity to combat has received a significant boost ahead of the induction of Rafale, Apaches and that China’s proficiency in launching multiple high altitude missions would remain weak. He has said, “The induction of Rafale, Apaches have significantly added to our combat potential. Our offensive strike capability has become even more potent with the integration of new weapons on our fleets.”

He has also said that the Indian Air Force was in the process of newer combat systems to ensure a harder defence on the enemies. He believes, “We are on the verge of getting six Light Utility Helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). We would be around 35 fighter squadrons by the next decade in view of the phasing out of old aircraft and induction of new aircraft.”

Mr. Chaudhari took charge as the Chief Air Staff from the Air chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on September 30, 2021. During a severe crisis with China earlier, he was in charge in the Ladakh sector as an ace fighter pilot.

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