On Wednesday, three Rafale fighters touched down in India and are the second batch from France joining the rest five jets that have arrived from Ambala base on July 29th. All the jets, including the new three Rafale that flew non-stop from France and did a mid-air refuelling at 8.14 pm landed in Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat. As per the transfer schedule, three out of four jets will join India in every 2-3 months as in all 36 have to be delivered under the deal of Rs 59,000 crore with France in September 2016.
On September 10th, the first five Rafales were formally inducted in Ambala air base keeping the Ladakh’s ongoing confrontation in mind as it was in the high-altitude region with China.
The Rafales which is 4.5 generation have a warfare limit of 780-km to 1,650-km, without any mid-air refuelling, it will depend on the type of mission it is going to be used in. The soldiers are fortified with high stand-off weapons over 300-km range `Scalp’ air-to-ground cruise missiles.
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria had briefly stated that the Rafales with twin-engine would be deployed as it is going to be intimidating as well as dominating whenever put to use.
IAF currently has extended a satisfactory estimate of frontline Sukhoi-30MKI, MiG-29, Mirage-2000 and different fighters along with Apache attack helicopters and Chinook heavy-lift in Ladakh and other ranges along Line of Actual Control, 3,488-km with China to provision for any emergency.
The Rafales, if needed in a contingency, can also be warfare expanded speedily. The Hasimara and Ambala air base have approximately 18 Rafales each for the eastern as well as western fronts.
France is the largest jet engine maker in the world and is going to make fighter ancillaries and of course engines in India.