IAF to Receive First Batch of Rafale Jets Next Month; Warplanes to be Equipped With SCALP Missiles by 2020

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will receive the first batch of four Rafale jets next month. After extensive trials, these aircraft will be equipped with Meteor missile, SCALP ground attack missiles with a range of up to 300 kms by 2020. IAF pilots are undergoing training in France and will test these aircraft intensively for 1,500 hours, reported Financial Express. Watch Video of Rafale Jets Landing at Yelahanka Air Force Station to Participate in Bengaluru’s Aero India Show.

As per reports, the Rafale jets to be inducted next month will be based at Ambala Airbase in ‘Golden Arrows’ 17 Squadron close to Pakistan border. The other squadron of the French fighter jets are expected to be based out of Hashimara in West Bengal to counter China. Rafale Deal: Narendra Modi Led BJP Government Made 25 Percent Payment to France.

Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions. It is also referred to as an “omnirole” aircraft by Dassault.

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Watch Video of Rafale Jets Landing at Yelahanka Air Force Station to Participate in Bengaluru’s Aero India Show

Amidst the ongoing political controversy over the Rafale Deal, three Rafale jets arrived in Bengaluru today to take part in the biennial five-day Aero India Show that begins next week. Out of these three aircraft, two will be used for flying exercises while the one will be used for static display. According to reports, the French-made fighters landed at the Yelahanka Air Force Station on the outskirts of Bengaluru in the evening. Rafale Deal Controversy: A political fight to demoralise our forces.

The fighter jets which landed in Bengaluru are not the once that have been made for India by Dasssault Aviation. The Rafale fighter jets will take part in the rehearsals on Thursday for the five-day 12th edition of Aero-India beginning on February 20. The show will conclude on February 24. Top IAF officers including IAF Deputy Chief Air Marshal VIvek Chaudhari will fly the plane during Aero India show. F-16 Block 70 or Gripen E for Indian Air Force.

Video of two of three Rafale jets landing in Bengaluru:

 

The first batch of four Rafale jets will be delivered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in September this year. Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions. It is also referred to as an “omnirole” aircraft by Dassault. Will India buy 36 more Rafale Jets?

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, the Narendra Modi government tabled the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the Rafale Deal in the Rajya Sabha. The report revealed that the Rafale Deal concluded in 2016 was 2.8 percent cheaper than the previous UPA government’s proposed deal. The report also said that India managed to save 17.08 percent money for the India Specific Enhancements in the 36 Rafale contract as compared to the proposed deal of 2007.