India needs more than Rafale to match China: Experts
NEW DELHI: India may have just spent billions of dollars on hi-tech French fighter jets+ , but experts say it needs to do a lot more if it is going to face up to an increasingly assertive China.
The world's top defence importer has signed several big-ticket deals as part of a $100-billion upgrade since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in 2014.
But it has been slow to replace its dwindling fleet of Russian MiG-21s — dubbed "Flying Coffins" because of their poor safety record.
An agreement to buy 36 cutting edge Rafale jets+ from France's Dassault aims to fix that.
The Air Force says it needs at least 42 squadrons to protect its northern and western borders with Pakistan and China.
It currently has around 32, each comprising 18 aircraft. Air force representatives warned the Parliament last year that the number of squadrons could fall to 25 by 2022, putting India on a par with its nuclear-armed neighbour and arch-rival Pakistan.
But the real concern is China, an ally of Pakistan whose military capacities are way in excess of India's.
"Pakistan we can handle. Pakistan we can muscle our way, but China, no way we can handle," said Luthra. "And if China comes to the aid of Pakistan, then we're stuck."
China and India fought a brief war in 1962, and the border between the neighbours has never been formally demarcated, although they have signed accords to maintain peace.
Why ia the media always hell bent on disclosing how much defence power we''ve and where? For a change why don''t the media act responsibly?
If media knows, then China and Pakistan also know these secrets. These things are within the realm of public information
And what makes you think that nations hostile to India such as China do not have that information already?
Whether they have information or not is secondary..but we should do our part of not disclosing confidential information. It is insanity to publish military details to the whole world. Even people who don''t have access to this information will get to know ..right?. I don''t see media in any other country divulging these type of details.
They want to create sensation, at any cost.
Also this cannot be a news ... this is a known fact that Chinese are better in military strength and weapons .... India needs to build its own defence capabilities and that is what it is doing ...
joker... every country has a detailed list of military material of the opponents... where do you live... in rss camp???
Stop being a moron, do you think Indian Armed Forces are that dumb to disclose the real figures..... the numbers are all made up moron..
You are exactly right. Our media is foolish.