Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria today, while addressing a conference said that the present scenario along India’s northern frontier is at an “uneasy no war no peace” status, indicating the festering border row with China in eastern Ladakh.
Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria also mentioned that the Indian Air Force (IAF) has responded to the situation with alacrity and is completely resolved to face any misadventure in the region.
The IAF chief was addressing a webinar cooperatively organized by the Centre for Air Power Studies and Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers, where he informed that the calculated and strategic capabilities of the Indian Air Force have improved considerably due to the induction of the Rafale fighter along with acquisitions of C-17 transport aircraft Apache attack helicopters, Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, and other aircraft fleets.
Currently, the IAF is on high operational alert due to the deadlock with China on the Ladakh border, IAF chief Bhadauria added.
Earlier this month, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had addressed Rajya Sabha that China continues to illegally occupy approximately 38,000 sq km of land in Ladakh. The ministers of both the countries had agreed on a five-point plan to disarm tensions between the countries and said the ongoing situation in the border areas of Ladakh was not in the interest of either side. This was after a battle between the two sides early in September.