New Delhi. Expressing confidence in the ability of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief , Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa said that it was prepared for dealing from skirmishes to a full-scale war.
Speaking at a seminar on 20 years of Kargil, he said the IAF now has the capability to carry out precision bombing, like in the case of Balakot aerial strikes, which was limited during Kargil.
In the Kargil conflict, precision bombing capabilities which existed only on Mirage-2000 are now also available on Su-30, Jaguar, MiG-29 and MiG-27 aircraft. Presently, BVR Missiles are carried by MiG-29, Su-30 and Mirage-2000 aircraft, he said.
During the Kargil conflict, he was was the Commanding Officer of 17 squadron and was operating from Srinagar and recalled the operational limitations of that time and the innovative ways adopted by the IAF to overcome the difficulties during the conflict.
The developments which took place post Kargil war have transformed the Indian Air Force in capability so as to counter any kind of air threat in conventional and sub-conventional domains of warfare, the Air Chief said.
IAF now has the capability to monitor the airspace deep inside the enemy territory and operates on secure communication with network-centric warfare capabilities.