‘Pakistan’s latest acquisition of F-16s makes life more difficult as we haven’t enough aircraft to cover borders’: confesses India

Mohsin Soomro NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force (IAF) Vice-Chief Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa has Thursday said Pakistan’s latest acquisition of F-16s makes life more difficult as we are being short of aircraft to cover borders and face wars. “The current fighter strength of the country is inadequate to handle a two-front war. The government is aware of the ‘shortage’,” says Dhanoa. He was speaking at a media briefing on the upcoming Iron Fist Air Force exercises later this month at Pokhran test range. “Over the next few years, the Indian Air Force will lose another 10 squadrons of MiG 21s,” Dhanoa added. The statement came after Pakistan signed a deal with US to induct JF-17 fighters in large numbers and set to receive eight more F-16 fighters from the U.S and China. “But,” Dhanoa continued saying, “steps are being taken to address the issue and the government-to-government agreement for 36 Rafale aircraft was agreed to in this regard.” “IAF is likely to receive the first of the 24 Su-35 jets from Russia by year-end.” According to The Hindu, IAF has 120 LCAs on order, of which 100 will be an improved variant. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which is manufacturing them
Source: News Pakistan

Leave a Reply