Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa: "We have got two things in common -- both of us ejected (laughs); second, we both fought Pakistan. I fought during the Kargil war and Abhinandhan after the Balakot airstrike."
The two neighbouring countries have exchanged heavy fire ever since the Centre scrapped Article 370, which gave special status to the Valley and bifurcated the state into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Addressing the annual press conference ahead of Air Force Day on October 8, ACM Dhanoa said that the IAF “had been consulted at an appropriate level” when the government took the decision to procure only 36 Rafale aircraft.
India’s efforts to launch a human being into space is complicated as the mission will be attempted without a trial of sending animals into space, as done by countries, the IAM’s commandant Air Commodore Anupam Agarwal said.
The US Air Force Chief said connecting capabilities of the two forces will be one of the priority areas to enhance interoperability. However, he did not give a direct reply when asked if the US would increase its military presence in the South China Sea.
Days before his retirement from the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa Monday undertook his last fighter sortie on a MiG-21 aircraft with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at the Pathankot airbase in Punjab.