New Delhi: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said that China was significantly ramping up its air power including deploying fighter jets in Tibet and India must modernise its air force to match the capabilities of its ‘adversaries’.
“China has approximately 1,700 fighter aircraft of which 800 are fourth generation jets. A large number of these can be expected to be brought against us in the Tibet Autonomous Region in case of hostilities,” he said.
“Indian armed forces are operating in a unique environment. Presently, there are very few countries which are facing security challenges as grave as ours,” he said.
“India’s neighbours are not sitting idle…. We have a unique situation of having two nuclear armed neighbours on our borders. No other country in the world has this kind of a situation,” he said.
The Air Chief Marshal said China has significantly developed and upgraded infrastructure in Tibet Autonomous Region and that fighter jets and surveillance jets have been permanently stationed in airfields in the area bordering India.
“We have to match the force level of our adversaries so that we can fight simultaneously on two fronts,” he said, referring to possible scenario of engagements with China and Pakistan simultaneously.