Spooked by Rafale Jets, Pakistan says India is arming itself beyond its requirement
Spooked by India’s Rafale fighter jets, Pakistan foreign ministry said that New Delhi continues to amass military capabilities beyond its genuine security requirement.
Pakistan further added that India’s arms build-up will lead to an arms race in South Asia.
‘According to some former senior Indian officials and several international publications, these Rafale jets are dual-capable systems that can also be modified as nuclear weapon delivery platforms. It is well known that India continues to expand and modernize its nuclear arsenal both in terms of type and number of delivery systems. In addition to this, India has nuclearised the Indian Ocean and continues to increase the readiness of its arsenal through measures such as cauterization of missile systems. It is disturbing to note that India continues to amass military capabilities beyond its genuine security requirement. According to credible and reputable international research institutes, India is now the second-largest arms importer in the world’ – Aisha Farooqui, spokesperson of Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
With the addition of five new planes, the IAF’s squadron strength has now reached 31.
Defense and security analysts have termed the Rafale a game-changing acquisition for the Indian Air Force as the aircraft is capable of carrying out a variety of missions.