IAF has an edge over neighbors with Rafales’ induction.

IAF has an edge over neighbors with Rafales’ induction.

July 31, 2020.

IAF has an edge over neighbors with Rafales’ induction. A new chapter has been written in the history of India when the five Rafale fighter jets from France landed at Haryana’s Ambala airbase on Wednesday afternoon. The crew was welcomed by the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal (ACM) R.K.S. Bhadauria. Earlier 36 Rafales’ are ordered by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The new Rafale will definitely increase the offensive capabilities of IAF, which has for long-planned to update its fighter jet force. ‘The controversial Rafale fighter jets will be proved as a “game-changer” for India in regional politics of South Asia”, said defense experts.

“The touchdown of Rafale combat aircraft in India marks the beginning of a new era in our Military History. These multirole aircraft will revolutionalize the capabilities of the IAF,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in a series of tweets. “I would like to add, if it is anyone who should be worried about or critical about this new capability of the IAF, it should be those who want to threaten our territorial integrity.”

France is going to deliver Rafale fighters to India and five fighter jets are coming to Ambala in the first batch. whether four fighter jets were originally planned to be delivered in the first batch.

Rafale is important for IAF because it is categorized as a 4.5 generation aircraft for its radar-evading stealth profile. Most of the aircraft like the Mirage 2000 and the Su-30 MkI, are known as either third or fourth-generation fighters.

The Rafale can operate from both an aircraft carrier and a shore base because it is a twin-jet fighter aircraft. It is described as a fully versatile aircraft by the manufacturers because it can carry out all combat aviation missions to achieve air superiority and air defense, in-depth strikes, reconnaissance, anti-ship strikes, and nuclear deterrence.

The tale of the first Rafale combat aircraft bears the number RB-01 based on the name of IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria because the IAF chief had played a crucial role in the signing of Rs 60,000 crore defense deal which is biggest ever in the history of India.

In September 2016, a total of 36 Rafale fighter jets had ordered by India in a deal with France worth Rs 60,000 crore. Out of the total number of fighter jets, 6 will be trainers and are twin-seater, and the remaining 30 will be fighter jets and are single-seater. But both the jets have the same features. The Rafale jets will be a crucial enhancement to India’s Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraft fleet.

The Rafale fighter jets have been custom-designed for the Indian Air Force. The Rafale has vast features keeping in view India’s defense requirements and it includes flight data recorders with enough storage for 10 hours of data, radar warning receivers, helmet-mounted sight, infrared search and track systems, jammers. it has one more special feature that it has a cold engine start capability to operate from cold areas.

The Rafale fighter jets are the first imported fighter jets to be inducted into the IAF after the Russian Sukhoi-30 fighters in 22 years. The first Su-30 entered IAF service in June 1997. India is the fourth country, after France, Egypt, and Qatar, to fly the Rafale.

The number 17 Squadron of the IAF, which is also known as the “Golden Arrows”, have the faith to fly the Rafale. Ambala is considered as one of the most strategically located bases of the IAF and the first squadron of the aircraft will be stationed there. The second squadron of Rafale will be stationed at Hasimara base in West Bengal. For infrastructure development like shelters, hangars and maintenance facilities at the two bases, the IAF spent around Rs 400 crore.

India had an emergency Rafale deal with France in 2016 to fulfill the IAF combat capabilities. To fight a two-front war with China and Pakistan, the count of the IAF’s fighter squadrons had been reduced to 31 compared to an optimum strength of 42-plus units. According to the original delivery schedule, out of the first 18 jets, four in the first batch were to be delivered to the IAF in February 2021, and the rest expected by April-May 2022.

IAF has an edge over neighbors with Rafales’ induction.

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