1962 debacle has left a permanent scar on the psyche of every Indian. Harsh truth has never been spoken that it was not the Indian soldier, who lost the war, it was the myopic political and Military leadership that sacrificed the brave Indian soldier by denying ourselves the use of Air Power. We seem to be unduly perturbed with supposed Chinese capabilities, especially in the field of conventional weapons based in Tibet Autonomous region (TAR).


During 1962 war our political masters did not use fully operational Indian Air Force because of their belief that the then non-effective Chinese Air Force will bomb Calcutta. Somehow the fear of the Dragon makes us assign unbelievable operational capability to Chinese Air Force even today. The fact is that elements of Chinese Air Force based in Tibet Autonomous Region have extremely limited capability due to operating environment and Chinese Air Force elements based in Mainland China can strike targets deep in India only at their peril.


IAF is nearly 80 years old. Air Warriors in their magnificent flying machines have done yeoman service to the nation, both in peace and war. IAF, the major component of national Air Power will not only be required to deter our adversaries from any misadventure but also ensure favourable conflict termination situation, if and when we are forced into a conflict. But for that IAF has to remain well equipped.