Ambala, September 10
In a transparent reference to China over the tense border row in japanese Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday stated the induction of 5 French-made multirole Rafale jets into the Indian Air Force is a “big and stern” message to these eyeing India’s sovereignty.
The first fleet of Rafale jets was formally inducted into the ‘Golden Arrows’ squadron of the IAF on the Ambala Air Force station in presence of a galaxy of dignitaries together with French Defence Minister Florence Parly, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.
“The induction of Rafale jets is a big and stern message for the entire world, especially to those eyeing our sovereignty. This kind of induction is very important for the kind of atmosphere that has been created on our borders,” Singh stated on the ceremony.
He stated Rafale is taken into account probably the greatest fight plane globally and the deal to acquire the jets was a “game changer” for India’s nationwide safety.
The Defence Minister stated the federal government is set to do “everything possible” to guard India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Singh’s stern message to the neighbouring nation got here hours forward of an anticipated assembly between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the margins of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) conclave in Moscow.
The much-anticipated talks are going down towards the backdrop of an enormous spike in pressure in japanese Ladakh triggered by recent face-offs between the 2 armies alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
“In my recent foreign trip, I put the point of view of India in front of the whole world. I also made everyone aware of the resolve to not compromise India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity under any circumstances and we are determined to do everything possible for this purpose,” he stated referring to his go to to Moscow.
The defence minister stated India’s accountability shouldn’t be restricted to its territorial boundary solely and that it’s dedicated to contribute in direction of peace and safety within the Indo-Pacific area in addition to within the Indian Ocean.
There has been mounting international issues over China’s rising army assertiveness in each areas.
In his deal with, Singh additionally complimented the IAF for its “swift deployment” of property at ahead bases, saying it created confidence that the nation’s Air Force is absolutely ready to fulfil its operational obligations.
“I would like to congratulate the IAF for its swift and deliberate action near the LAC during a recent unfortunate incident on the border. It shows your commitment,” Singh stated with out elaborating.
In the final three months, the IAF deployed virtually all its frontline fighter jets like Sukhoi 30 MKI, Jaguar and Mirage 2000 plane in the important thing frontier air bases in japanese Ladakh and elsewhere alongside the LAC.
“The IAF plays an important role in maintaining military deterrence and your action will be decisive in any future war. While the prevailing situation on our geographical borders has caught our attention, we should not ignore the threat of sponsored terrorism,” Singh stated.
Speaking on the event, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria stated the induction of Rafale jets couldn’t have occurred at a extra opportune time contemplating the present safety state of affairs.
“Induction of Rafale in Ambala is important as the fleet can rapidly access all areas of interest from the airbase,” he stated.
The defence minister stated India is enhancing its army energy in its quest for peace.
“Our motive behind strengthening our defence has always been driven by our desire for peace. Our country is committed to not take any step which can disturb the peace anywhere. We expect the same from our neighbours, and the rest of the world,” he stated.
Calling induction of Rafale into IAF a historic second, Singh stated it additionally mirrored “deep ties” between India and France.
“We have been successful in creating future-oriented ties…India and France have common views in fighting against terrorism and expansion of UN Security Council,” Singh stated whereas speaking about rising convergence in ties between the 2 nations.
“The induction of Rafale into the IAF fleet shows the close ties between India and France. India and France have long been economic, cultural and strategic partners. Our faith in a strong democracy and the desire for peace in the whole world is the basis of our mutual relations,” he added. PTI