Rafale can deploy air force in Ladakh sector amidst tension on China border
Amidst the escalation along the border with China, the Indian Air Force may deploy new fighter aircraft Rafale in the Ladakh sector to strengthen the forces. Disputes between Indian and Chinese soldiers continue here and the withdrawal of armies remains a challenging process. A source aware of the entire matter gave this information just before the meeting of the top commanders of the Air Force to be held this week.
On the specific request of the Air Force, France is going to expedite the delivery of Rafale fighter jets to India and instead of sending 4 in the first batch, they are now sending 6 fighter aircraft to the Air Force Cantonment of Ambala on 27 July. An official source said on condition of anonymity – Air and Ground Cruise have been trained in France during the last one year in fighter aircraft and advanced weapon systems. He said, the Air Force wants Rafale to be brought to the operational level as soon as possible and new fighter jets including Ladakh can be deployed wherever needed.
The deployment of Rafale fighter jets may be discussed during the Air Force’s Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi from 22 to 24 July, where the top seven commanders-in-chief of the Air Force will potentially discuss the dispute with China.
All seven Commander-in-Chiefs will be present during the conference under the leadership of Air Chief Marshal Bhadoria, news agency ANI quoted sources as saying. During this time, one of the main agenda of discussion will be… Situation on the border with China and deployment of troops at the forward bases of eastern Ladakh and northern borders. The Air Force has deployed modern combat aircraft in its fleet, such as the Mirage 2000, Sukhoi-30, and MiG-29 to advance bases from where they are operating both day and night.
In addition, the Air Force has also deployed its Apache fighter helicopter on the border with China, which is also flying in the eastern Ladakh region at night. The delivery of state-of-the-art Rafale fighter jets from France the end of this month, which will be discussed immediately for deployment and bringing it to operation level.
Officials said that Rafale is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and after joining the air force, the Indian Air Force will get an edge over the neighboring countries. He said that these fighter aircraft with state-of-the-art things like long-range weapons like air to air missiles… give India an edge over China and Pakistan. The Air Force is also working on the integration of French fighters with Russian-origin fleets and makes them operationally friendly.
Air Force Chief has played a key role in the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft worth 60 thousand crores as India’s Negotiation Head in India’s largest defense procurement route through emergency procurement. After two squadrons of Rafale, there will be an increase in the number of air force fighters on one side, while its long-range firepower will also increase.