The Indian Air Force is ready to take on the challenge of a two-front war with China, according to Indian Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa. Speaking on the eve of Air Force Day, the Air Chief Marshal on Thursday said that the IAF has adequate facilities and is prepared to fight at short notice. He added that the IAF is in full synergy with its sister services.
“We need a strength of 42 squadrons to carry out full spectrum of operations in a two-front scenario. It doesn’t mean we are not capable of fighting in a two-front scenario as we speak,” he said.
Regarding the impasse at Doklam between the Indian and Chinese armies, the Air Chief Marshal said there was no standoff in the air. “During the summer months, the Chinese air force always carries out an exercise in Tibet, in which their two main airfields are full. So they were full during Doklam operations. They will start clearing out once the weather becomes colder,” Dhanoa said.
He also added that any decision on surgical strike involving the IAF has to be taken by the government. The Chief of Air Staff also said the IAF will achieve sanctioned strength of 42 fighter squadrons by 2032.
Last month, Army chief General Bipin Rawat had said India should be prepared for a two-front war and insisted that China has started “flexing its muscles”, while there seems to be no scope for reconciliation with Pakistan whose military and polity saw an adversary in India.