Indian forces combat-ready, no situation where China can get better of us: IAF Chief

New Delhi (NVI): Amid the LAC stand-off between India and China, the Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria today sent a stern warning to Beijing, saying that there is no situation where the “China can get better of India” as Indian forces are very well prepared to take on any Chinese threat in the disputed region.

He has said that there is no question of a scenario where China gets better of India in case of a conflict, adding that India is fully prepared to take on the Chinese threat in Eastern Ladakh.

About the preparations, he said that the forces have been deployed at all relevant operational locations that are required, not only in Ladakh.

“Be assured that we have deployed strongly and firmly in place to handle any contingency,” The IAF chief said while addressing media at Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park, New Delhi, today on the occasion of 88th anniversary of the Indian Air Force.

To another query, he said that India is prepared to take on the Chinese threat in Eastern Ladakh as well. “There is no question of not taking over, not taking over the threat there. We are very much positioned and there is no question that in any conflict scenario there, China can get the better of us,” the Air Force chief said.

The Air Chief Marshal, three days ahead of the Air Force Day parade on October 8, further added, “Integration of Rafales brings in a platform which is way ahead and would give us an edge and capability to strike first and deep.”

India has operationalised fighter jets Rafale, helicopters Chinooks and Apache and integrated them as per IAF’s concept of operations in record time, he added.

“Next three years, we will see our Rafale and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Mk1 squadrons in full strength,” Bhaduria stated.

-ARK/CHK