Indian Air Force Vice Chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Friday morning flew the French Air Force's Rafale fighter aircraft at the Mont De Marsan base. He said that induction of Rafale would be a gamechanger for the IAF. He also said that the French-made Rafale fighter and Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MKI would be a deadly combination against enemy forces. Bhadauria was the head of the Indian team that negotiated the acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter jets with France in 2016.
"Rafale will bring lot of capability into the air force. In terms of technology and weapons, Rafale has brought in, it will again be a gamechanger for IAF from our planning perspective, point of view of offensive missions and planning the kind of war we want to conduct in the coming years," he said to ANI
He further said that if Islamabad dares to mount February 27-type attack on India once the two fighters start operating together the losses suffered by Pakistan would be very high and attrition that the IAF will inflict upon them would also be very high.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of Exercise Garuda, Bhadauria said, “Once the Su-30MKI and the Rafale start operating together, it will be a potent combination against our adversaries, be it Pakistan or anybody else. It will be a potent capability. Any adversary would be worried about such a combination.”
On Friday, Air Vice chief said that the IAF was trying to understand how well Rafale and Sukhoi Su-30 complemented each other and how it can best utitilise both of them.
"The initial part of the one to one is just a build up and the point to understand each others capability. The large force engagement is the primary focus of the exercise. From our persepective, it is important to know how we can utilise the Rafale and Su-30 to complement each other, how we can push back edges and see how we operationally utilise such a potent element in the force. And from that angle it was a very good experience and we had many lessons to take home in terms of how to best utilise Rafale once it is inducted into our Air Force, and how the combination can be with Su-30, another potent and important fleet in our Air Force," he said.
After India's air strike on February 26 where IAF's planes entered the Line of Control from Jammu and Kashmir and targetted Pakistan-backed terror camps in Balakot and other regions,Pakistanis, on the very following day made a failed attempt to target Indian military bases in Kashmir.. The IAF foiled the attack using MiG-21s and Su-30s. After the aerial conflict, the IAF had said that that if the IAF had Rafales fighter jets then the Pakistanis would not have even dared to come close to the Line of Control (LoC).