NEW DELHI: India will base its first squadron of Rafale fighter jets, which are also capable of delivering nuclear weapons, in the eastern sector as part of the overall policy to gradually build nuclear as well as conventional deterrence against China.
With Sukhoi-30MKI fighters already operating from Tezpur and Chabua in Assam, the IAF has now finalised plans for the first 18 Rafales to be stationed at the Hasimara airbase in Bengal from late-2019.
This comes at a time when India is also conducting final trials of the nuclear-capable Agni-IV and Agni-V ballistic missiles after the Strategic Forces Command inducted the Agni-III a couple of years ago.
Why are we publicising all these officially or otherwise ..?? Does China tell the world on how many are stationed in Tibet or some where else..?? Some of our political parties / media persons would have already informed their ''friends''about these any way..!!
Why should we get in an arms race with China, when we cannot stop the imports from China. We are buying US$ 60 Bn of stuff from China every year. We are funding a lot of terrorism against us via China
drop 2 nukes on Beijing and shanghai and china will be finished. after that 2 on Islamabad and Lahore. too easy
Manohar Deep Deep
Now Mamata will raise a hue and cry that these aircraft are being placed at Bengal to stage a coup against her Govt.
Well done forward movement for the strike. China should not think India is poor.
Can the clowns in the Indian government also give the exact co-ordinates of the location of these aircrafts to the press?
Inderjit Singh Randhawa
Lets not be childish first get the jets and then talk
Are you guys drunk .. everything we does is not for china .. you guys want India to go in war? TOI grow up
Defence news of military instalation should not be known to any one. I dont under stand what is the necessary to publish all this