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'Such emergency buys made in past too': IAF Chief Dhanoa backs Rafale deal

Dhanoa said the purchase of Rafale jets would held the Indian Air Force which is reeling under a severe shortage of fighter aircraft

B S Dhanoa
(File) Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa during a news conference in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa Wednesday strongly defended the government's decision to procure only 36 Rafale fighter jets against the original proposal of 126 aircraft, saying there have been similar "emergency" acquisitions in the past. The Air Force is reeling under a severe shortage of fighter aircraft at a time India faces security challenges from two nuclear-powered neighbours, the air chief marshal said, adding that the purchase of 36 Rafale jets (two squadrons) will help the force deal with the situation. One squadron of fighter ...