October 2017

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC

As the Indian Air Force celebrates the 85th Air Force Day on 08 Oct 2017, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC, Chief of the Air Staff, in a frank and forthright interview with South Asia Defence & Strategic Review (Defstrat) articulated his views on a number of contemporary issues facing the IAF.  The CAS, in a freewheeling manner, addressed questions related to force planning, combat readiness and HR management in the IAF amongst others. Excerpts from the interview:

Indian Air Force at 85

As the Indian Air Force celebrates its 85th raising day one can only remark that it has come a long way from the time it was raised on 8 October 1932 and a six months later equipped with Westland Wapiti II-A biplanes. The IAF which saw action under the British flag prior to Independence has since participated in all the four wars with Pakistan as also the Sino- India conflict of 1962 and acquitted itself creditably.

The Mattis Visit: A New Diplomatic Indo-US partnership for Afghanistan?

The United States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ visit to India last month, the very first by a US cabinet-level personage of the Trump administration must be seen in the context of the August exposition of the ‘new’ Afghan Policy by President Donald Trump.  Besides the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Secretary Mattis met with the NSA AjitDoval and his counterpart, the newly appointed Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.