New Delhi, Sep 12: Amid growing controversy over acquisition of Rafale fighter jets from France, Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa on Wednesday defended the emergency procurement of 36 jets and said the government has strengthened the force by providing Rafale and S-400 missiles.
“By providing the Rafale and S-400, the Government is strengthening the IAF to counter the depleting force numbers,” ACM Dhanoa said addressing a CAPS seminar on IAF Force Structure: 2035. Stating that such emergency procurement were undertaken on several occasion in the past in a response to serious threat, ACM Dhanoa said, “It is pertinent to note that all those procurement are for two squadrons of aircraft and under the umbrella of IGA.”
He said Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) facilitates faster procurement of equipment. India and France signed a IGA for 36 Rafale multi-role fighter jets in fly-away condition during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Paris in September 2016. UNI