Chandigarh: Indian Air Force (IAF) chief B S Dhanoa said on Monday that Rafale jets will the best combat aircraft in the Indian sub-continent. Once those are inducted, Pakistan won’t dare to come near the Line of Control (LoC) or the International Border, he added.

In an exclusive chat with ANI, Dhanoa said, “Rafale will ensure that the deterrence of our air defence increases manifold and they (Pakistan) will not come anywhere near our Line of Control or border.” According to him, Pakistan doesn’t have an answer for the kind of capability that Rafale will provide India with.

Dhanoa was in Chandigarh for the induction of four US-made Chinook helicopters and the first Rafale aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in September.

According to ANI, military circles have been abuzz on how if India already had Rafales, those would have deterred the Pakistan planes from coming close to the LoC. Rafales have meteor air-to-air missiles which can shoot down enemy planes at strike ranges of up to 150 kms.

Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa asserted that at present, it is going to be the best aircraft in terms of the weapons capability in the Indian sub-continent and would be also the best in comparison with what China and Pakistan have.

“We are going to get Rafale in the month of September. Rafale will give a tremendous jump to our capability and it is superior to all the aircraft in the inventory of both our adversaries,” he said.

Talking about the Chinook helicopters, Dhanoa said these aircraft will be useful for the IAF in high-altitude regions. “Ability to transfer heavy loads and acclimatise troops from high altitude into another valley is a game-changing capability. If the enemy surprises us in any such valley, we can move troops immediately to such spots to get into battle. Our ability to do this is now enhanced for day and night with this helicopter,” he said.

However, he said, “the high-altitude game is more with China than Pakistan”.

Addressing the media during his visit to the Air Force Station at Jodhpur last year, Dhanoa had said, “Rafale is always a need for the Air Force. It (fighter jets) took a long time to come. Others have upgraded their squadrons.” He has also called the fighter jet the booster dose for the IAF.