Bofors didn’t want to be corrupt, so I kept the raffle purchase deal! Explosive comments BS Dhanwar


Bengali Hunt Desk: Former Indian Air Force chief BS Birender Singh Dhanoa on Wednesday welcomed the Rafale fighter jets to India. At the same time, he said that despite the political controversy, he defended the purchase agreement because he did not want it to be like Bofors. The Bofors Agreement was bribed in the 1960's and then the Defense Agreement was badly affected by political influence. Ever since then, bureaucrats have been afraid to decide whether to buy defense equipment.

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“I defended this purchase agreement because I didn't want it to be like the Bofors deal,” said Dhanoa, a former Air Force chief. I was, am and will be against the politicization of the defense procurement process. Otherwise, questions would have been raised about the efficiency of the Air Force. The BJP-led NDA government signed an agreement worth Rs 59,000 crore with France on September 23, 2016 to buy 36 Rafale aircraft. And about four years later, India received the first consignment of Rafale aircraft.

“I am very happy for the Indian Air Force because the Rafale will make the Air Force much stronger against our enemies,” Dhanoa said. Let me inform you that BS Dhanoa retired in September last year, after which RKS Vadoria became the Chief of Air Staff. Retired Air Chief Marshal Arup Saha said the strength of the Air Force would increase several times after the arrival of Rafale Biman in India. Arup Saha said the Rafale is the most modern and powerful aircraft. “We need at least 128 Rafale aircraft,” he said.

And another former Air Chief Marshal, Foley Homi Major, said there was no doubt that 36 Rafale aircraft would increase India's power. But India needs at least two more squadrons.