You have not named the leader. Hence it is just my guess only.
It appears the leader has not used the ready knowledge available from his own family to know: about Prime Minister(s) and about planes and pilot(s). Also probably the leader is not aware that the Armed forces have three wings, Army, Navy and Air Force. For the army wherever needed and possible the Air Force gives air cover protection from planes during operations. The Navy also has its air wing for surveillance and our navy has even aircraft carrier to drive away and/or fight the enemy.
Till we provide suitable special education to aspiring political leaders to learn about our country and its various aspects, and till making it compulsory and mandatory to pass such education to be a political leader (and/or MP and MLA) we will be hearing such sort of statements and golden opinions.
As they say charity begins at home, it is imperative know that our learning should start about own family heritage first.