The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on Wednesday at Ambala Airbase at around 3:15 pm. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Bhadauria. The Rafale fleet comprising three single-seater jets and two twin-seater jets. Rafale aircraft is referred to as “omnirole” aircraft by Dassault Aviation.
The first part of the Indo-French joint naval exercise, ‘Varuna’ kicked off in the Arabian Sea off Goa coast on Wednesday. The exercise will be conducted till May 10. Despite fire incident, aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is taking part in the drill along with French carrier Charles De Gaulle.
As India has demanded new tests for Israeli made anti-tank missile ‘Spike’, the Indian Army is considering to procure second-generation missiles, Milan 2T. Moreover, the army has been forced to request for these French missiles, as Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Nag missile are still under trials.
Amidst the political controversy over the Rafale deal, the Indian government has made 25 percent payment to the French government for purchasing the Rafale fighter jets. The entire deal is worth Rs 59,000 dollars (Approx). In September 2016, the Indian government signed a government to government deal with the French Government to procure 36 RafaleContinue reading “Rafale Deal: Narendra Modi Led BJP Government Made 25 Percent Payment to France”
Amid political chaos in India over the Rafale deal, the first jet manufactured by Dassault Aviation as per the requirement of the Indian Air Force (IAF) took its first flight in France on October 30. The two-seater variant aircraft is designated as RB 008. According to sources, RB stands for Air Marshal R.K.S. BhadauriaContinue reading “Rafale Jet Designed For Indian Air Force Takes First Flight in France”
Controversy on the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets has not yet died and there have been reports that government is mulling over purchasing 36 more Rafale jets from France. The Congress on one hand accused Modi government of purchasing Rafale jets at higher cost causing a loss of Rs ‘12,000 Crore’ to the country,Continue reading “Will India buy 36 more Rafale Jets?”