There will be no delay in the delivery of Rafale Jets to India, according to France


New Delhi: There will be no delay in the delivery of 36 Rafale aircraft to India as the finalized schedule for the supply of fighter aircraft will be strictly observed, said French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain. Read also – And if Abhinandan Varthaman piloted a Rafale instead of MiG 21: the former chief of the Air reveals the details of the air strike of Balakot

France is shaken by the swelling of coronavirus infections and it was feared that the delivery of Rafale aircraft would be delayed due to the pandemic. More than 1,45,000 people were infected with the virus there, while the death toll was 28,330. Read also – IAF’s ode to former chief BS Dhanoa, 30 Rafale Jets will have the initials “BS” as tail numbers

However, Lenain said that the original schedule for the delivery of the jets will be respected. Read also – After the Rafale agreement, Prime Minister Modi obtains another French offer to fight terrorism

“The contractual delivery schedule for Rafale aircraft has been fully respected so far, and, in fact, a new aircraft was delivered to the Indian Air Force in late April in France, in accordance with the contract,” Lenain told PTI .

On October 8, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh received the first Rafale jet at an air base in France.

“We are helping the Indian Air Force organize the ferry flight of their first four Rafales from France to India as soon as possible. So there is no reason today to assume that the timetable will not be met, “said the envoy.

India signed an intergovernmental agreement with France in September 2016 to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.

The IAF maintains that Rafale aircraft would significantly improve its combat capability.

The aircraft is capable of carrying a range of powerful weapons. The European missile manufacturer MBDA’s Meteor, in addition to visual-to-air air-to-air missiles and Scalp cruise missiles, will be the backbone of the Rafale aircraft weapons package.

Meteor is the next generation of BVR air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) designed to revolutionize air-to-air combat. The weapon was developed by MBDA to combat common threats facing the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden.

Guided by an advanced active radar finder, Meteor offers all the weather capabilities to engage a wide variety of targets, from fast jets to small unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles.

In addition to the missile systems, the Rafale jets will be delivered with various modifications specific to India, including screens mounted on an Israeli helmet, radar alert receivers, low-band jammers, flight data recording of 10 hours, infrared research and tracking systems.

The IAF has already completed preparations, including the preparation of the required infrastructure and the training of pilots, to accommodate the fighter aircraft.

The plane’s first squadron will be stationed at Ambala Air Force Station, considered one of the most strategically located bases of the IAF. The Indo-Pak border is approximately 220 km away.

The second Rafale squadron will be stationed at Hasimara base in West Bengal.

The IAF spent around Rs 400 crore to develop the required infrastructure such as shelters, hangars and maintenance facilities on the two bases.

Out of 36 Rafale planes, 30 will be fighter planes and six will be trainers. The training aircraft will be two-seater with almost all the characteristics of fighter aircraft.

Congress has raised questions about the deal, including airfares, and alleged corruption, but the government has dismissed the charges.


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