Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Friday said that Pakistan always underestimated India’s preparedness in fighting back.
BS Dhanoa was speaking at the session’s changing role of Indian Air Force: A paradigm shift’ of India Today Conclave 2019 in Mumbai.
Dhanoa talked about the preparations of the air strike in Balakot, Pakistan and how it helped India achieve its political goal. Dhanoa, who has an experience of flying for 3,140 hours, also talked about modernization and upgradation of the IAF.
Dhanoa also said the Rafael aircraft will be a game changer as the aircraft are far ahead in terms of missiles and its make.
The IAF chief virtually ruled out any possibility of a war between India and Pakistan suggesting that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s threat to India is an attempt to please their population.
When asked why the IAF did not strike after the 2001 Parliament attack, Dhanoa said, “Human intelligence is required before any strike. Also, it is important to know the target and what it is made up of. In 2001, I had told the chief, ‘Main dinner ke liye nahi ja raha hoon [I am not going for dinner]’.”
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