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India prepared to face any threat: Air chief Bhadauria
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 9/30/2019 12:20:52 PM
India prepared to face any threat: Air chief Bhadauria

New Delhi: Soon after taking over as the new Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF), R.K.S. Bhadauria said here on Monday that India is ready to deal with any kind of external threat.

Asked if India was ready to deliver another blow to terror launch pads in Pakistan like the Balakot air strike earlier this year, Bhadauria told a private news channel: "We were prepared at that point of time. We are ever more prepared now. We are fully capable of meeting any challenge, any requirement and any mission." Bhadauria also listed increasing operational capability and modernising the air force as his first priority.

"My first priority will be to increase the operational capability of the IAF. The process of modernisation of the air force, which is underway, must progress. There are budget constraints. We need to economise keeping in view the budget constraints. We need to focus on indigenous capabilities and technologies. We will focus on indigenisation for more support to our current fleet," he said.

Bhadauria had played a key role on behalf of India in the inter-governmental negotiations with France before signing the deal for acquiring 36 Rafale combat jets in flyaway condition from French aviation major Dassault."The induction of Rafale is going to prove good for the IAF. The capability of the Rafale is going to be a game changer for us. Once it is inducted along with other aircraft in the fleet, we will see that it gets operationalised at the earliest. We will have a big jump in our operational capability," said Bhadauria.

On being asked about Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's veiled threats of nuclear warfare with India, Bhadauria reiterated that India is ready to face any kind of challenge."That is their understanding of nuclear aspects. We have our own understanding, our own analysis. We will be ready to face any challenge," he said.

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria takes charge as IAF chief

New Delhi: Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria took charge as the new chief of the Indian Air Force in New Delhi on Monday.Bhaduaria took over from his predecessor Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa who retired after serving in the IAF for over four decades."Birender Singh Dhanoa retired with the traditional wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial here. R.K.S. Bhaduaria has taken charge as the new IAF chief today," said a IAF spokesperson.

Air Chief Marshal Bhaduaria was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF in June 1980. Apart from his proficiency in various aircraft of the IAF, Bhadauria is also an Experimental Test Pilot, a Cat 'A' Qualified Flying Instructor and a Pilot Attack Instructor.

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy where he won the coveted 'Sword of Honour' for standing first in the overall order of merit, he was commissioned into the IAF's fighter stream in June 1980.Dhanoa was instrumental in planning and executing a successful strike against the terrorist camp near Balakote, which is located across the Line of Control, in Pakistan in February.He had been commissioned in June 1978 as a fighter pilot.

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