Indian Air Force chief talks about surgical strike

Indian Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa today stated that his forces are capable of hitting nuclear sites across the border keeping in mind the fact that another decision on a surgical strike is taken by the government.

This was a kind of warning for Pakistan in relation to the several ceasefires along the line on the When asked about the tactical nuclear arsenal of Pakistan, Dhanoa said, “The Air Force has the capability to locate, fix and strike across the border.” He was addressing a press meet in New Delhi on the eve of the Air Force Day.

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“We are ready for a full spectrum operation,” he said. Dhanoa, however, added that any decision on another surgical strike which also involves the Indian Air Force has to be taken by the government.

Speaking in that context, Dhanoa said he needs “42 squadrons” to carry out a full spectrum operation in case of “a two-front war”. He said the IAF will achieve the sanctioned strength of 42 fighter squadrons by 2032.

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