Indian Air Force claims of being ready for a two-front war with China ‘unlike 1962’
The Former Indian Cabinet Secretariat, Atul Yadav, revealed in his column that why the IAF was held back during the Indo-China war in 1962, citing Mullick's memoir.
With its newly acquired Rafales and jets, India has stated that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is fully prepared if a war breaks out with China.
However, this was not the case in the 1962 Indo-China war when the IAF wasn’t utilized. People have often wondered how the utilization of the Air Force could have changed India’s fate in the war.
The Director of the Indian Intelligence Bureau, B.N. Mullick published a memoir “The Chinese Betrayal” in 1971 that is considered a “semi-official” account of the dispute.
The Former Indian Cabinet Secretariat, Atul Yadav, revealed in his column that why the IAF was held back during the Indo-China war in 1962, citing Mullick’s memoir.
Yadav said that Mullik told in his book that in 1962 the Chinese Air Force was ranked the third largest and strongest Air Force in the world, after the U.S. and Russia.
“In the absence of night fighters in India, Chinese bombers could penetrate as far South as Madras”- B.N. Mullick
Consequently, the IAF was held back not to risk the soldiers’ lives. “After discussions, the South Asian country decided to limit the Air Force role to transport and supply rather than escalate the war and endanger its important civilian targets like Calcutta and Kanpur.
Is IAF ready now?
According to the Indian media, “Unlike in 1962, the IAF is ready for any possible conflict, “including a two-front war.”
Recently, the IAF included the French-made Dassault Rafales in its arsenal. The first batch flew from France and landed in India on the 29th of July 2020.
Last month, the Rafales also commenced conducting ‘familiarization’ forays over Ladakh to accustom themselves to operational conditions. India is shortly expecting the second batch of the Rafale jets to expand the Indian IAF fleet further.
3-4 Rafale fighter jets to join Indian Air Force in November first week
— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) October 16, 2020
According to a former IAF official, the Chinese might have better, larger missiles than India, but when it comes to fighter jets, the Chinese Air force has no answer-especially to the Rafale jets armed with BVR missiles and a massive range of 160 km.
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