First four Rafale jets likely to arrive in India by last week of July


On 27th July India is likely to receive first batch of six Rafale fighter jets which are expected to significantly boost the combat capability of the Indian Air Force. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a telephonic conversation with his French counterpart Florence Parly during which she conveyed that the Rafale jets will be delivered to India as scheduled notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic in France.
On arrival of the Rafale jets Military officials and IAF significantly enhance the combat capability and will send a clear message to India’s “adversaries”.
Ambala air force station, considered to be the first squadron of the aircraft and most strategically located bases of the IAF. India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.
It has a capability of carrying a range of potent weapons. European missile maker MBDA’s Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile will be the mainstay of the weapons package of the Rafale jets.
It is considered as a 4.5th Generation BVR air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) designed to revolutionise air-to-air combat.

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