In a stern warning to Pakistan, Air chief BS Dhanoa has said India is fully capable of carrying out full spectrum of air operations across the border if another decision of surgical strike is taken by the government.

Addressing the media on the eve of Air Force Day, Dhanoa said Indian Air Force (IAF) is ready to take on the challenge of a two-front war. “We need a strength of 42 squadrons to carry out full spectrum operations, but it doesn’t mean we can’t fight a two-front scenario. There is a Plan B,” he said.

“IAF is prepared to fight at short notice in full synergy with other two sister services, should the need arise,” Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa added. IAF chief, BS Dhanoa also spoke about the burning issue of tactical nuclear weapon of Pakistan and said, “The Air Force has the capability to locate, fix and strike across the border.”

Dhanoa said that Chinese troops are still present in the Chumbi valley and hoped they will go back soon. “I expect that they withdraw as summer exercise gets over,” he said. Dhanoa remarked that loss of assets during peace time was a cause of worry and efforts are on to minimise the damage.

“Our losses during peace time are cause of concern. We are making concentrated efforts to minimize accidents& preserve our assets,” he said. The Chief of Air Staff added the IAF will achieve sanctioned strength of 42 fighter squadrons by 2032.

In September, Army chief General Bipin Rawat had said that the nation should be prepared for a two-front war in view of China’s muscle flexing and Pakistan’s proxy war. “Because of this proxy war, there is always scope of conflict with our western neighbour,” he had said while delivering a speech on future trends in warfare at CLAWS, a defence think tank.