- India had signed an intergovernmental agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale planes for Rs 59,000 crores
- Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh called Rafale’s high-profile deal a “game changer”
- Rafale jets are generation 4.5 aircraft equipped with the latest weapons, state-of-the-art sensors and fully integrated architecture
New Delhi: Just two months after India received its first batch of very powerful Rafale fighter jets from France, the Indian Air Force is expected to receive its second installment of the fighter plane in November, according to reports. reports.
The IAF is preparing to host the second batch of fighter jets manufactured by the French company Dassault Aviation by November.
The force has already dispatched a team of experts, led by the Deputy Chief of Staff (Projects), to manage and coordinate logistics issues. The pilots are also trained in batches at the French air base of Saint-Dizier.
The IAF received its first batch of five Rafale aircraft on July 29, which were then officially handed over and inducted into 17th Squadron at Ambala Air Base in Punjab on September 10.
India had signed an intergovernmental agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale for 59,000 crore rupees.
Following the enthronement of the first batch, the Union Defense Minister, Rajnath Singh, described the much publicized Rafale deal as a “game changer”.
“I am convinced that our air force has acquired a technological advance with Rafale”, declared the Minister of Defense.
Rafale jets are generation 4.5 aircraft equipped with the latest weapons, state-of-the-art sensors and a fully integrated architecture. The machine is a multi-purpose aircraft, which essentially means it can complete a minimum of four missions in a single sortie.
The fighter jets are also equipped with HAMMER missiles and will be armed with beyond visual range missiles such as Meteor, SCALP and MICA, increasing their ability to take incoming targets at good range.