Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed that all the sanctioned Rafale fighter jets will be inducted into the Indian Air Force by April 2022 and by March 2021, 7 Rafales will be initiated.
Rajnath Singh stated in Rajya Sabha that the IAF to date has 11 of the ace fighter planes. As per the officials of the Indian Air Force, three Rafale combat aircraft landed in India on January 27 night after flying non-stop from France and the three jets annexed to the then fleet of eight Rafale aircraft.
As per the report, this was the third batch of Rafale aircraft that landed after flying over 7,000 km from the Istres air base in France and used in-flight refueling. And the Rafale combat aircraft is manufactured by the French company Dassault Aviation.
India received the first batch of five Rafale aircraft on July 29, 2020, which were recruited into the 17 ‘Golden Arrows’ Squadron on September 10 at the Ambala Air Base. The second batch of three Rafale combat aircraft arrived in India on November 4, 2020.
India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 Rafale jets for Rs 59,000 crore. Rafale is a 4.5 generation aircraft and has the most advanced weapons, superior sensors, and fully integrated architecture. It is an Omni-role aircraft which means it can carry out at least four missions in one sortie.
The fighter jet has HAMMER missiles and it will also be furnished with surpassing optical range missiles like Meteor, SCALP, and MICA, enhancing its strength to take on incoming targets from a distance.
News Source – IANS
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