Would like more Rafale fighters, says IAF Chief Marshal Arup Raha

He refused to take questions on the “surgical strikes” by the Army last week in PoK. But he said the IAF is prepared for any eventuality.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 5, 2016 1:48 pm
Rafale fighters, Indian Air Force, IAF, air force, Air Force Day Rafale fighter jet. (Source: File/Reuters)

While the Indian Air Force (IAF) is proud to have a modern aircraft like the Rafale in its fleet, it would like to have more modern fighters, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said Tuesday, during his annual interaction with the media before the Air Force Day, on October 8.

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“We would like to have more (Rafales). It is a decision that will be taken in the near future depending on the capability, desirability and the right mix of various aircraft,” said Raha.

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He refused to take questions on the “surgical strikes” by the Army last week in PoK.

But he said the IAF is prepared for any eventuality. “The capability of the IAF is not country-specific. It is based on strategic reach and meant to deter adversaries. But when we are asked to do so, we have the capability to fight.”

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