At the same time, he, however, said the IAF has the ability to fight a "short" and "swift" war whenever required.
"Over the past few years, we have seen a significant increase in deployment of Chinese aircraft and aircrew in Tibetan Autonomous Region from other military regions," he said in an address at a think-tank in New Delhi.
"The deployment of Sukhoi 27 and J-10 fleets for the continuous operations during the winter months affords them a credible all round capability. Many years back they used to only occupy the air field in summers," he said in an address to a select gathering at the Vivekananda Foundation.
The geography of Tibet, however, works against the Chinese Air Force there, adding it has an "inherent operational disadvantage" due to high altitude and very cold temperatures.
But despite the often strained ties between the two countries, Air Chief Marhsal Dhanoa said, there was not a single airspace violation from both sides and the two air forces share a healthy relationship.
He said there is a misconception that the Air Force does not need 42 squadrons.
"We have government sanction of 42 squadrons. When they (adversaries) go to fourth generation aircraft, we need a fourth generation aircraft to counter them. You are not fighting against vacuum," he said.
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