Deputy Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar today took a Dassault Aviation-owned Rafale fighter jet, which reportedly has India-specific enhancements and software, for a spin, Livefist has revealed.
These India-specific enhancements include an Israeli satellite communications system, a low band jammer, towed decoy system, upgraded engine, additional modes in the radar and higher resolution in the Front Sector Optronics. By some accounts, these upgrades make the Rafale that India has contracted for better than the one inducted by the French Air Force.
The 36 Rafale fighter jets, which India contracted for in a deal with France in 2016 at the cost of nearly Rs 58,000 crore, will start arriving in the country in September 2019. With just one year remaining, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been quietly preparing to welcome the new fighter jets. Read More