Indian Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa, in a major warning to Pakistan, said that his forces are proficient of smacking nuclear sites across the border if another decision on a surgical strike is taken by the government.Dhanoa answered, “The Air Force has the capability to locate, fix and strike across the border,” when asked about the tactical nuclear arsenal of Pakistan. He was addressing a press meet in New Delhi on the eve of the Air Force Day.
He said, “We are ready for a full spectrum operation.” Dhanoa, however, the decision of another surgical strike which also involves the Indian Air Force has to be taken by the government.Speaking in that context, Dhanoa said that he needed “42 squadrons” to carry out a full spectrum operation in case of “a two-front war”. The sanctioned strength of 42 fighter squadrons would be achieved by 2032.
Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat had said last month that the country should be prepared for a two-front war, insisting China has started “flexing its muscles”, while there seems to be no scope for reconciliation with Pakistan whose military and polity saw an adversary in India.IAF’s capabilities against China are also “adequate,” said Dhanoa. He commented on the Doklam border crisis, Chinese forces are still deployed in Chumbi Valley. “I expect that they withdraw as summer exercise gets over,” he said.
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