Chinese J-20 stealth fighter not cause for concern, Rafale too has stealth features: Air Marshal

Indian government is also seized of the importance of acquiring fighter aircraft with stealth features and this is why the Rafale aircraft being acquired from France has some special stealth features, said Air Marshal SB Deo.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Ambala | Updated: November 4, 2016 8:10 pm
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Reacting to the the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter being unveiled earlier his week, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command, Air Marshal SB Deo, said that it was not a cause for concern and that Rafael aircraft being inducted by India also had stealth features. On a visit to the Ambala air base, Air Marshal Deo said that the Indian government is also seized of the importance of acquiring fighter aircraft with stealth features and this is why the Rafale aircraft being acquired from France has some special stealth features. “The radial cross section of the aircraft is significantly smaller for an aircraft of that size. There are many other features too which I would not like to disclose at this stage,” he said.

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Commenting on the Chinese J-20, which bears a strong resemblance to the UA Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, the AOC-in-C said that the aircraft seemed to posses front portal stealth features and not in the rear. “It is important to maintain stealth while using your radar equipment, while opening your bomb bay doors to fire and ensuring how a weapon can quickly come out of the rails and go out. I do not know how far this aircraft is stealth,” he said.

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He added that the Fifth generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) which is being jointly developed by India with Russia focuses on stealth technology. Older technologies and old radars are very effective against stealth fighters, he said adding that it will be some time before the aircraft like J-20 are operationally fielded but the IAF was prepared.

Commenting on the haphazard construction around air force station perimeters at several places in the country, Air Marshal Deo said these were a potential security risk. “The security officers of the respective stations where such construction is observed, like in Ambala and Pathankot, go to the localities and educate the residents on the precautionary measures that they ought to take,” he said. He added that with advent of time and growth of cities the localities have crept closer to air force stations but due to enhanced security risk these days like the terror attack that took place in Pathankot, extra precautions must be taken by all.

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He also said that the localities abutting air force stations were also at risk in case an air accident took place. He said there had been instances even in Ambala where an aircraft has had to abort take off or drop the bombs that it was carrying on the run way itself due to less engine thrust. “This could be very dangerous if not controlled in time,” he added. Giving information about the latest Jaguar crash which took place in Ambala in September this year, he said that this happened due to a bird getting ingested into the engine of the aircraft.

Defending the accident rate of the IAF, he said that the number of aircraft which met with accidents each year has been steadily going down as systematic issues concerning accidents have been addressed. “In 1980s we were losing around one squadron of aircraft each year due to accidents. When we push the envelope we face risks but now our numbers are very good,” he said.

Air Marshal defends himself in suicide case

Air Marshal SB Deo refuted the allegations being levelled on him in social media that he had manhandled or severely rebuked a Wing Commander in Air Force Station Sirsa following which the officer committed suicide. Wing Commander RK Tiwari had shot himself after an inspection had been carried out by the AOC-in-C in which his poor shooting skills were noticed. Air Marshal Deo said there seemed to be an orchestrated campaign against him and that he had not said anything to the deceased officer nor his family members had said anything to him when he met them. He said a Court of Inquiry will ascertain the real cause behind the incident.

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    Sleep.Well
    Nov 4, 2016 at 5:29 pm
    China may be in possession of stealth fighters. That is nothing compared to the CHANAKYAN STEALTHINESS of brahmins. Those aliens have been surviving stealthily as humans ever since they were dropped on Earth by their alien inter galactic spaceships charioted by Lord Krishna. That is why they cannot mingle with humans and deemed to be misfits on Earth. That is how they occupied all top positions in defense establishments and public and private sectors and have skrewed India. Not satisfied, they have spread out and have started to skrew all nations. A nation is safe as long as they are not allowed. They stealthily enter, influence the domestic power and slowly, over centuries, occupy and start skrewing the nations. To achieve that they wouldn't bother if they have to kill any number of people, like it is happening in India in the name of encounters, and staged riots(1984, 2002).
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      Gaja
      Nov 4, 2016 at 10:35 pm
      Main objective of this planted news:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"Air Marshal SB Deo refuted the allegations being levelled on him in social media that he had manhandled or severely rebuked a Wing Commander in Air Force Station Sirsa following which the officer committed suicide. Wing Commander RK Tiwari had shot himself after an inspection had been carried out by the AOC-in-C in which his poor shooting skills were noticed. Air Marshal Deo said there seemed to be an orchestrated campaign against him and that he had not said anything to the deceased officer nor his family members had said anything to him when he met them. He said a Court of Inquiry will ascertain the real cause behind the incident."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;He just turned a murderer and to buttress the negativity generated some king whispering dog advised him to release this stupid press release.
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        Janki
        Nov 4, 2016 at 7:04 pm
        India doesn't need STEALTH fighters anymore. All that India needs is a few 100s of drones. Russians have developed a new drone in similar lines as the US drones used in Afganistan. Indics should be READY WITH JOINT DEVELOPMENT of BRAHM-DRONE-ACHARYAS OR SHOULD BE READY WITH PURCHASE ORDERS TO BUY RUSSIAN DRONES. Since Indics kill more INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF SOUTH ASIA, DRONE-ACHARYAS CAN BE EFFECTIVELY USED AGAINST THEM AND WARD THEMSELVES OF THE ACCUSATION OF ENCOUNTER MACRES. THEN EVERY ACTION WILL BE A SURGICAL STRIKE.
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          Sivaraman
          Nov 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm
          Got burned?
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            Sivaraman
            Nov 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm
            See, I told you, brahmin DILIP is so proud of using his neighbor to give birth to his offsprings than producing his own. Laughable indeed. But, as a Brahmin, he feels proud of that.
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              Sivaraman
              Nov 4, 2016 at 9:39 pm
              I wonder how our respected seniors allowed China to grow this far and advance so much. I couldn't understand how seniors like M K Narawyanan who is an expert in INTERNATIONAL SABOTAGE and M K Baudrawkumar who is an international game planner in spying couldn't stop China. India should get the help of Israel to counter China. Even if Israel refuses to help, we should a p p e a s e her bybkilling Indian Muslims in encounters or like 2002 riots. It's a shame for we Brahmins to allow a neighbor to develop this far. It is our patented traditional culture not to allow any neighbor to develop, like Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka or Burma or Tamil Eelam. Is this the end of our great ancestor Chanakya's legacy?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I am a deable brahmin, and I approve this message!
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                Sudeep Sharma
                Nov 4, 2016 at 4:11 pm
                Yup. Indics have the capability to PROCURE STEALTH FIGHTERSlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;while lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;CHINA HAS THE CAPABILITY TO MAKE STEALTH FIGHTERS.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is worldly knowledge that Indics cannot make anything but ONLY PROCURE and shamelessly brag about that.
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                  MyTake
                  Nov 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm
                  Viagra is not for brain! Why "rubbing" it in the wrong place?
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                    R Shunmughampillai
                    Nov 5, 2016 at 4:37 pm
                    Chunkki Monkeys J20 is a dummy copy. But dont have any advance versions. J20 can very well eat by our KLUBS. This is a reason why monkeys want to dump the waste to waste bin porikisthan.
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                      Ganesha
                      Nov 4, 2016 at 3:56 pm
                      Silly fellows. Like a KID or a BONKERED BHAKT, an Air Marshall(probably future Thief of Air Staff like Thyagi brahmin) is crying like a baby.
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                        Arun
                        Nov 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm
                        Boycott Chinese products and buy made in India products and provide employment opportunities to youth in India. Don't buy Chinese products and buy made in India products. Think before you buy. They work against our country's interests in international forums and support terrorists with our money. Resolve to buy made in India products
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                          Avinash
                          Nov 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm
                          One difference we are overlooking:lt;br/gt;J is made in China by Chinese Govt (evenif they stole technology).lt;br/gt;R is imported.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;India does not have vision and plan yet to develop our own.
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                            Avinash
                            Nov 4, 2016 at 2:32 pm
                            Why only that? Why we export to China? Govt should stop exporting raw materials to China...Why every expectation is from Public?
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                              blair tim
                              Nov 4, 2016 at 2:19 pm
                              China lunched manned moon landing, India claimed that Indian will send Indians on Moon ahead of China in 2018.lt;br/gt;China deplo Stealth jet J-20, India claimed that India has bought stealth jet from France, but it is well know that France is not capable of producing Stealth jet fighter jet in the world.
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                                blair tim
                                Nov 5, 2016 at 2:33 am
                                One Chinese J-31 can shoot dowd 114 Rafales.lt;br/gt;One Chinese J-20 can shoot down over 200 Rafales.lt;br/gt;Indian's money is worthless.
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                                  Sam Roy
                                  Nov 4, 2016 at 10:20 pm
                                  This Air Marshall is totally nuts. One J-20 is capable of destroying one squadron of Rafale provided J-20 has the capability of F-35. Rafales are worthless and no better than Su30MKI.
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                                    deepaji
                                    Nov 4, 2016 at 5:34 pm
                                    Ofcourse the Chinese planes are a cause of concern. Perhaps the Air Marshall does not understand that having stealth features is different from a stealth plane. The Rafalle is no match for F22 on which this chinese plane is based on. There are only 122 F22 in the world. They would be enough to take out the entire IAF. And the Chinese will manufacture 2000 of these planes as they have the capability. India is no match for China when it comes to military, just as Russia is no match for the US. Our nuclear deterrant is the only solution.
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                                      Gopal Das
                                      Nov 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm
                                      Nothing is truly stealth. US YF-23 was nearer to perfection. Our Tejas-1a has also its semi stealth feature, hardly detectable to Rader due to use carbon fibre. Use of carbon fibre and colour coating greatly reduces Rader signature. Besides, there are many ways to befool enemy missiles. A fifth generation fighter jet engine is a very special one. Only one or two Nations have mastery over it. Only US and Russia have mastery over it. Saffron is also known for its jet engine manufacture.
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                                        Indeevar Sharma
                                        Nov 4, 2016 at 6:31 pm
                                        Rafales are far ahead from J-20 (junk-20) fighter. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Actually J20 is not even an air superiority fighter and not meant for close combat air to air fight. Its a strike fighter meant for bombing on radar stations, air bases, missile depot etc. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;J-20 lacks on various aspects for calling it a 5th gen fighter.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1. Not a stealth fighterlt;br/gt;2. Don't have AESA radarlt;br/gt;3. Don't have BVR missileslt;br/gt;4. Not fit for air to air combatlt;br/gt;5. Noisy and less powerful engines.lt;br/gt;6. Its very big and heavy. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The catch is - Rafales have all the qualities mentioned above. AESA radar, BVR Meteor missiles, powerful engines, 4.5 gen fighter with stealth features, fit for air to air combat role as well as fit for long range bombing etc. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Rafales as well as our Super Sukhoi SU-30 MKI are fit for making this junk-20 fighter a fireball in the sky.
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                                          JIM
                                          Nov 10, 2016 at 6:40 pm
                                          india has been using russian engines far ages now. india know how to jam the russian engines with EWD. if india does so, all the chinese planes will fall from the sky in the mid of a flight as dead birds..
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                                            Prof.Ghosh
                                            Nov 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm
                                            News mean for the consumption of uneducated people- The J series of planes are all based on designs obtained by China from Israel and Israel from USA. Since Israel is dependent on U.S. hardware they can give all to their Chinese allies. Thus this plane looks great but can it fly or match the Tejas I would say a No! The J-20 has old Russian jet engines bought from Ukraine (Ukraine is a Jewish ally) since China can not still manufacture jet engines. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Our journalists are no more educated and do not research things. Our media is pretty much foreign penetrated and financed from outside. Open media does not mean we let foreign media take us over and then bring decadence, corruption, etc. in our ancient culture.
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