The Rafale multi-role combat aircraft, set to become an important part of the Indian Air Force inventory in the near future
Frontline Indian Air Force base in Hasimara in West Bengal is likely to be one of the bases for a Rafale squadron, informed sources said on Friday.
India will base its first squadron of Rafale fighter jets+ , which are also capable of delivering nuclear weapons, in the eastern sector as part of the overall policy to gradually build nuclear as well as conventional deterrence against China.
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By All Yardsticks, Rafale Deal Is One Of The Best Pacts Negotiated By India So Far. Experts say that the 36 Rafale jets coming fitted with Meteors and Scalp will shake up Pakistan Air Force hugely and PLAAF (air warfare branch of China) to a fair extent.
Rafale is an exceptional fighter and has everything to qualify as fifth generation aircraft minus the stealth. Its radar and BVR capabilities are the best in the world (so experts call it a 4.5 generation). Rafale was chosen after lot of indepth studies and testing by the IAF that included Swedish Grippen, American F16 and F18, Russian MiG35, Eurofighter Typhoon and French Rafale.
French Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian is set to arrive here on September 22 along with CEOs of Dassault Aviation, Thales and MBDA to seal the 7.87 billion Euros deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets.
As India gets into the final stages of sealing the agreement with France for the 36 Rafale fighters, sources said IAFs Rafale will come equipped with the Meteor, arguably the worlds most advanced air to air missile.The Meteors are designed to knock out Enemy aircrafts and cruise missiles more than 100 kms away.The move is seen as a game changer for India as neither China nor Pak possess a weapon of this class