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Coimbatore

Air Force does not count the casualties: Air Chief

Covai Post Network

Coimbatore : Indian Air Force does not count the number of dead, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhnoa said today.

Replying to a specific question over the number of death in the air strike on the Balakot in Pakistan, Dhanoa told reporters at Sulur, that the casualty figure will be given by the Government and Indian Air Forces does not count the number of dead.

To a question on Rafale aircraft, he said that it should be inducted by September.

On use of MIG 21, Dhanoa said that every aircraft was used when an enemy attacks you and MIG21 used in the dog fight with Pakistan was an upgraded aircraft with advanced weapons system.

Air Force will find out the reason for the mid air crash during the Air Show at Bengaluru and also the helicopter crash in Kashmir last week, he said.

When asked about how he looked at the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan whether due to international pressure, Dhanoa said “I cannot comment on the politics. But we are happy the officer was back home.”

To another question on the desire of Abhinandan to fly, he said that medical fitness after treatment would decide whether Abhinandan would fly fighter aircraft again or not.

“If he is found fit enough to fly fighter aircraft, he will be inducted into a squadron. If he is not fit, then he will be inducted once he gets back his fitness to fly one,” he said.

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