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.