NEW DELHI: In a candid admission, the IAF on Thursday said that given its depleting strength, it does not have the adequate numbers to "fully execute" an air campaign in case of a two-front war involving Pakistan and China simultaneously.
It also sought more 5th generation fighter aircraft over and above the 36 Rafales since it was a requirement.
The revelation by the IAF comes at a time when the squadron strength of the force has come down to 33 in comparison to the sanctioned strength of 42.
Of the 33, a very large chunk is made up of Russian origin Su-30 jets, the front line fighter aircraft of the country.
However, the serviceability ratio of the aircraft is very poor with the figure hovering around 55 per cent. This means that out of 100 aircraft, only around 55 are available at a point of time with the rest being bogged down in service.
This is why India needs to get the Rafale jets at the earliest !. . .Plus work on indigenous fighter planes should be sped up !
Modi went to France, announced the deal on Rafale. Hollande came to India, announced the same deal again . Now Parrijkar says that they are still working on the price.
Modi government announces MOUs like it's a real deal.
Don't worry present government is aware of it and making suitable arrangements.
Is it necessary to show our strength in news papers??
No need of Fighter jets, long range missiles with conventional war heads is enough to win any fight with multiple fronts.
The next war we fight with Pakistan will be a 2 front war with Pak and China. Even China will attack us when we go to war with Pakistan. Hence we need adequate number of war planes. Our govt. should buy more Rafale's from France and also more Sukhoi's from Russia. We should also push for the project which we are starting with Russia to develop 5th generation fighter aircrafts jointly.
Ha ha ha Ye saaale war ladenge.. Bloody chaddi waalas will run away on seeing a single Chinese soldier
People who feel China is powerful just because they have more weapons are wrong. War is not just won through aircraft and missiles. It is won through strategies, bravery, courage and will. Go back and learn about India China war. Our guys fought hard till the last even with inferior equipments Chinese army saluted the way our army fought. Yes we lost that war but there was lot of factors responsible. Having said that India should look at upgrading it's front line army. Everything they have is inferior.
what's the dire need to fight two fights at once? tomorrow it will be - we can't fight two wars at once - with america and britain... lol
Why does our IAF make such statements in public. It goes on to expose ourselves in terms of our weakness in fighting capability.
India must accelerate the commercial production of TEJAS and TEJAS MARK-2 single engine planes. This project has already taken 30 years. Normally it takes 10 years for development of a fighter plane as per International standards. The project for 5th generation multirole superiority fighter plane Sukhoi PAK-FA with Russia is also in limbo ...((((not good signs. Chins recently bought Sukhoi-MK31 from Russia who have offered the same planes to India.