IAF chief RKS Bhadauria called the increase in capital outlay of Defence budget ‘a huge step’. Bhadauria said it will provide adequate budgetary support amid Covid-19 pandemic. The IAF chief also spoke on how LCA Tejas induction will help squadron strength of the Air Force. Bhadauria added that the Air Force is going to start upwards of 30 squadrons now. "We all know the pandemic effect and its impact on the economic scenario. Increase in capital outlay of Defence amid pandemic is a huge step," he said. Defence forces received an overall hike of around 7.4% over last year in the union budget. In addition, it got over 18% hike in capital outlay for acquisition of new weapon systems.