Indian Air Force Chief of Air staff, Air Marshal B S Dhanoa said that China maintains air presence in Tibet which is continuous but the airfields lack requisite military infrastructure to carry out offensive operations.
China has always tried to involve psychological and media warfare against their neighbours which was when they dealt with Vietnam, India or any issues concerned about South China Sea.
Dhanoa also mentioned that India needs to concentrate and build infrastructure for any operational efficiency in all the sectors, mainly in the eastern and northern sectors.
“China maintains continuous air presence in Tibet, they exercise their aircraft, the strength increases and decreases as per the prevailing exercise,” he said.
The chief’s remarks come when the recent Dokalam standoff ended after both the countries disengaged troops following a prolonged face-off for more than two months.
The available satellite images reveal that airfields in Tibet are not optimised for any offensive operations but they are there for ensuring connectivity with other parts but it lacks military infrastructure.
If you look at other airfields that are optimised for offensive operations, you will understand that there is a difference in airfields in which they mean business’ and the airfields in Tibet.
Dhanoa said this while delivering the Air Chief Marshal L M Katre memorial lecture organized by the Air Force Association, Karnataka, in association with the HAL and the Aeronautical society of India.
He again highlighted that India has to improve the infrastructure to increase the operational efficiency.
He said that there is a difference in perception about the Line of Actual control along the northern borders which sometimes results in stand-offs but gets resolved also.
He also said, throughout the standoff, there was no violation from either side. Dhanoa said only transport aircraft are allowed to fly up to the LAC and there were no transgressions in the air during the stand-off.
He also had meeting with Chinese officials and they shared similar thoughts, which were to keep meeting on the ground so as to stay away from each other in the air.
He also spoke on Pakistan, without naming Pakistan, he remarked, “In most countries the state has an army. There, the army has the state.”
“It holds its exalted position in society to the propagation of a threat from us and if peace were to come they would lose all the privileges,” he said.
He also reacted to media reports that the international community is commenting against terrorist havens in Pakistan, “it is in their best interests to keep the threat alive and keep the pot boiling with the insurgency in Kashmir”.
He said that chances of any terror attack on civilian infrastructure is remote as it will invite global condemnation.
However, they will keep targeting the military like it happened in Uri, Pathankot or Nagrota. They will try and surprise us by attacking at a totally new location or using totally different modus operandi.
He said after Pathankot terror attack, Indian Air Force had carried out a series of measures to improve the ability to detect and strengthen the base defence through training to neutralize ‘Fidayeen’ type attacks.
“I have always maintained that our training and preparedness has to be as per an adversaries’ ability, the intentions can change, hence as a service we are prepared for the conflict at a very short notice,” he said.