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IAF chief backs Rafale deal

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Amid the rising clamour on the Rafale deal, the Chief, Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, on Wednesday said by acquiring the French fighters the IAF was strengthening its depleting fleet.

"By providing the Rafale and the (anti-missile system), the government is strengthening the to counter the shortfall of our depleting numbers of aircraft," he said at an event here.

Pointing to IAF's strength coming down to 31 squadrons from the sanctioned strength of 42, Dhanoa said faced a shortage of fighter despite the threat of a two-front war with and

"Very few countries are facing challenges like us. We have two nuclear-armed neighbours.We have to match neighbours and to tackle a two-front war," he said.

The IAF chief's comments come a day after former ministers and alleged Narendra Modi's "personal culpability" in the Rafale deal which they dubbed as the country's "biggest defence scam".

Earlier this month, the IAF Vice Chief, S.B. Deo too, had endorsed the Rafale, deal saying the will give "unprecedented combat capabilities".

Besides BJP rebels Sinha and Shourie, the led by its has been relentlessly attacking the over the jet deal that was announced by the in 2015.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 12:12 IST
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