Chief of Air Staff RKS Bhadauria additionally mentioned that India has initiated its fifth-generation fighter plane programme with the DRDO below AMCA challenge.
File photograph of IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria (Photo Credits: PTI)
Indian Air Force (IAF) chief RKS Bhadauria mentioned on Saturday that eight Rafale aircrafts have already arrived in India and one other three are anticipated by the top of January. The Air Chief Marshal made the assertion whereas addressing the press throughout the train Desert Knight-2021.
“More Rafales are there with us in France for coaching. The induction can be accomplished by 2023,” IAF chief Bhadauria mentioned.
Asked concerning the Chinese choosing an aggressive stance in jap Ladakh, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria mentioned, “If they [China] can be aggressive, we can even be aggressive.”
“Rafale is a critical contender for our challenge to purchase 114 multirole fighter plane,” he went on so as to add.
Chief of Air Staff RKS Bhadauria additionally mentioned that India has initiated its fifth-generation fighter plane programme with the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) below Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) plane challenge. “We want to add sixth-generation capabilities in that however we want to first deal with the fifth-generation fighter plane,” he added.
The Indian Air Force kickstarted the five-day mega train ‘Desert Knight-21’ in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Wednesday. This drill involving recently-acquired French Rafale fighter jets comes at a time when Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a navy standoff alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in jap Ladakh.
According to official statements, the French air drive is taking part in ‘Desert Knight-21’ with its Rafale plane, A-400M Tactical Transport plane, an Airbus A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) and as many as 175 personnel.