1 minute readIAF admits unprepared for 2-front defense

The Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa addressing the curtain raiser press conference on Fire Power Demonstration (FPD) Ex-Iron Fist – 2016, in New Delhi on March 10, 2016.

The Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa addressing the curtain raiser press conference on Fire Power Demonstration (FPD) Ex-Iron Fist – 2016, in New Delhi on March 10, 2016.

The vice chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa said on Thursday that the IAF was unprepared to take on Pakistan and China at the same time, in a two-front war.

Our numbers are not adequate to fully execute an air campaign in a two-front scenario. Probability of a two-front scenario is an appreciation which you need to do. But, are the numbers adequate? No. The squadrons are winding down.

Although the vice chief has merely admitted what is common knowledge about the squadrons winding down, this appears to be the first time anyone in the IAF has confessed an inability to defend Indian airspace from both, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

Dhanoa said this during a press conference on the IAF’s upcoming live fire demonstration, IronFist 2016, the motto for which is Demonstrating the capability to punish. Weapons on target…on time… 

War, conflict or misadventure (like Kargil) takes place when the adversary doubts your deterrence. If you demonstrate your deterrence, there will be peace because he knows he will be hit very badly,”

At the same event, Dhanoa also said:

We have invited defence attaches but not those of Pakistan and China.

Who will now, presumably, not witness the IAF’s deterrence capability, questions on which have been raised by Dhanoa, himself.

Saurabh Joshi

Saurabh Joshi

Saurabh is a journalist based in New Delhi, India who has worked in print, television as well as internet news media. Besides defense and strategy, his past assignments have ranged from reporting terror strikes to elections. He has studied journalism and law at the University of Delhi. 

  2 comments for “1 minute readIAF admits unprepared for 2-front defense

  1. SurinderKumarJoshi
    March 14, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Would it be news to Pak or China !  I don’t think so. But its an unlikely scenario. China may be helping Pak a lot, but they are not going to fight their war with India. Besides, any such conflict  is unlikely to remain limited. Other powers will jump in.

  2. mallik1979
    March 13, 2016 at 3:42 am

    SaurabhJoshi when was the last time we were ready!?

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