IAF does not count number of dead, government does: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa (Photo: Twitter)

IAF is not in a postilion to clarify the number of casualties. The government will clarify that. We don’t count human casualties, we count what targets we have hit or not. Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa said these lines in a press conference in Coimbatore on Monday.

We hit our target. The air force doesn’t calculate casualty numbers, the government does that, Dhanoa said.

Referring to Wing Air Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan on February 27 when he was chasing away a Pakistanni warcraft, Dhanoa said whether he (Wing Commander Abhinandan) flies or not depends on his medical fitness. That’s why post ejection, he has undergone medical check. Whatever treatment required, will be given. Once we get his medical fitness, he will get into fighter cockpit.

The Rafale jet should come into India’s inventory by September, the Air Force chief told reporters in his first comments since the February 26 attack on a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Balakot in Pakistan.

When an adversary attacks you, every aircraft is used, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said, adding that the MiG 21 jet used in the dog fight with Pakistan is an upgraded aircraft with advanced weapons system.

“The Mig-21 Bison is a capable aircraft, it has been upgraded, it has better radar, air-to air missiles and better weapons system. One is a planned operation in which you plan & carry out. But when an adversary does a strike on you, every available aircraft goes in, irrespective of which aircraft it is. All aircraft are capable of fighting the enemy,” he said.

His statement is important when BJP politicians including Amit Shah and media are issuing false data about dead after Indian airstrike.

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