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Rafale will enhance IAF’s capabilities: Air chief


Air chief Bhadauria
 NEW DELHI, Sept 30 - The Indian Air Force is monitoring the developments along the western front and is prepared to carry out a Balakot-type strike, if directed by the government, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said after taking charge of the IAF on Monday.

Bhadauria, who has around 4,250 hours of flying experience on 26 types of aircraft and led commercial negotiations for procurement of the 36 Rafale jets, also said the induction of these French combat aircraft will give the IAF enhanced aerial prowess over the country’s “adversaries”.

“We are monitoring the developments and I reassure the country that we are ready to deal with any situation where our services are required by the nation,” the Air Chief Marshal told PTI.

“We are prepared for any eventuality and will carry out any mission as directed by the government,” the 60-year-old air chief said when asked whether IAF was prepared to carry out another strike across the border in view of Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s recent comments that the Balakot terror camp has been reactivated. – PTI

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