India’s acquisition of Rafale jets is a “gamechanger” and the induction of five jets into the Indian Air Force today marks a “historic moment”, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said this afternoon. “Today, this induction sends a strong message to the world and specially those who have dared to raise their eyes (at us). This induction is a very crucial step, considering the situation that has been created at the border,” the Defence Minister said, referring to the border tensions with China.
“I want to congratulate the IAF that the presence of mind they showed at the Line of Actual Control (de facto border between India and China), it shows their commitment,” Mr Singh said this afternoon, adding “the way IAF deployed troops at the forward bases, it induces confidence that the Air Force is ready to fulfill its operational responsibilities”.
The IAF plays a “critical role in military deterrence and will be decision-maker in case of any future war,” Mr Singh added as he spoke at the event held to mark the ceremonial unveiling.
“We are all aware of the security challenges at the Northern Borders. In such a scenario, all of us have to stay alert for the protection of our nation and values. Our alertness is important for our safety,” Mr Singh said.