3 more Rafale jets coming soon

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/1/2021 12:41:40 AM

NEW DELHI, Mar 30: Three more Rafale fighter jets, made according to the Indian specifications, will join the Indian Air Force in the next two-three days, bolstering the fleet strength to 15. In all, the IAF is to get 36 Rafale jets in the next two years.
Like the earlier lot, the three jets will fly straight from France to Ambala, covering more than 7,000 km with the mid-air refuelling. Ten more jets are expected in the next two months.
India and France had inked a government-to-government deal in 2016 worth over Rs 60,000 crore. The first batch of four jets arrived at the Ambala air base in September last year and since then two to three planes are landing from France every year.
The total of 36 jets will form two squadrons, one based in Ambala and anothr in Hashimara in the east. With their capability for the long-range strikes, the jets will add to the IAF musle to guard the entire 4000 km long Line of Actual Control (LAC) facing China. In fact, the present 11 Rafale jets are already doing the flying sorties, including patrolling the LAC, the defence ministry sources said.
Manufactured by aviation conglomerate Dassault, the India specific Rafale underwent at least 13 modifications s per the IAF requirements. Besides the state of art weaponry, it is also equipped with long-range meteor air-to-air missiles.



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