Could this new fighter plane from France carry India’s nuclear weapons? –

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The first five of the Indian Air Force’s new Dassault fighters recently landed in India after a two-day flight from France. The fighters, from Dassault’s Rafale line, were piloted by Indian pilots and will enter service with the Indian “Golden Arrow” squadron. According to Dassault, the pilots underwent extensive training in France with their ground support teams.

Paris to New Delhi

This is not the first time that Dassault has supplied New Delhi with advanced equipment – the company has supplied the Indian Air Force for more than six decades. Dassault notes that “Dassault Aviation’s first aircraft, Toofani was supplied to India in 1953, followed by the Mystere IV, the naval Alize, the Jaguar manufactured under license by HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, an Indian aerospace company) and The Mirage 2000 These aircraft have always contributed to Indian sovereignty and the Mirage 2000 fighter continues to be at the forefront of IAF technology to this day.

Dassault presents the Rafale as an “omnirole” fighter, capable of accomplishing a variety of missions which include interception, air-to-air combat, close air support, deep and sea strike capabilities, reconnaissance – and above all nuclear deterrence. The Rafale F3 is the main nuclear aircraft in French service and would likely provide India with similar capabilities.



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