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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    vivian
    Jul 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm
    掩耳盗铃。
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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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