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Rafales Can Give Big Advantage In Tibet In Aerial Combat: Ex-Air Force Chief

Five Rafale jets out of 36 arrived India final week (File)

New Delhi:

The Rafale plane will give India a strategic benefit in case of any aerial fight with China within the mountainous Tibet area because the fleet will have the ability to use the terrain to its benefit, destroy enemy air defence and incapacitate the surface-to-air missiles, former Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal (retd) BS Dhanoa mentioned on Sunday.

Mr Dhanoa, often known as the architect of the Balakot strikes, mentioned the Rafale jets together with S-400 missile programs will give the Indian Air Force a serious fight edge in the complete area and that India’s adversaries will assume twice earlier than beginning a struggle.

In case of Pakistan, he mentioned the aim of the S-400 and Rafale is to hit Pakistani plane inside Pakistani air area and never after they come inside Indian territory, including the neighbouring nation wouldn’t have responded on February 27 final 12 months to the Balakot air strikes if India had the French-manufactured jets then.

In an interview to PTI, Mr Dhanoa mentioned the Rafale, with its unbelievable digital warfare suite and maneuverability, might be ready use mountainous terrain in Tibet to its benefit and blind the enemy earlier than India’s strike plane penetrate hostile airspace to hold out their missions
The former Chief of Air Staff additionally mentioned that the Rafales being equipped to the IAF are far more superior than those being utilized by the French Air Force as India had requested for one thing “more” as a result of requirement to function in distinctive circumstances like operations from Leh.

Five Rafale jets out of 36 arrived India final week at a time India is within the midst of a bitter border row with China within the excessive altitude jap Ladakh area.

“Rafale has got a fantastic Electronic Warfare (EW) suite (SPECTRA), fantastic weapons and therefore are capable of protecting themselves electronically besides being able to use the terrain to their advantage,” Mr Dhanoa mentioned.

“So they (Rafales) can play an necessary function in doing DEAD (Destruction of Enemy Air Defence) on the Surface-to-Air Missiles that the Chinese have placed on Tibet.

“Once you are taking out these floor to air missiles then different plane like Su30, Jaguars, even Mig 21s can exit and drop the bombs on the Chinese forces. The strike plane carrying bombs can put tonnes and tonnes of bombs on the enemy troops, freely finishing up their mission. But if you don’t do DEAD then you’ll undergo loads of casualties,” he mentioned.

The main air forces globally perform Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) or DEAD utilizing their high of the road plane or weapons earlier than launching any main operation in hostile territories.

“Against China there are huge Himalayan mountains in between us which create critical line of sight points. You can put a missile with a variety of 300-400 kms on the bottom in Tibet or in India. But it should solely work throughout the line of sight,” he mentioned.

He mentioned the Rafales, with terrain following functionality, will give India a serious functionality enhancement.

“In air fight, the very first thing that’s necessary is data dominance, you get data and deny the enemy the knowledge. The key function the Rafales will play in Tibet is data dominance and in case of Pakistan, it’s a main deterrent. Of course there might be different roles too,” he mentioned.

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