The induction of the first batch of five new Rafale fighter jets in the Indian Air Force fleet is being touted as a giant leap in India’s defence preparedness and strike capabilities. The five fighter jets were inducted in a grand ceremony at the Ambala Air Force Station on Thursday.
The five Rafale jets are the first batch of 36 supersonic omnirole combat aircraft that India is procuring from France.
Defence experts say that this will be a game changer along with Sukhoi Su-30MKI and that it would efficiently neutralise the threat presented by Chinese J-20 fifth generation fighter aircraft in case of a combat.
Why will the Rafale jets be a game changer? Here’s a complete lowdown:
Rafale has been customised for IAF and it will be a crucial enhancement to India’s Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft fleet
#RafaleInduction | #IAF has formally inducted the #Rafale aircraft in 17 Squadron 'Golden Arrows' today, at Air Force Station, #Ambala. The ceremony also marks #Rafale’s full operational entry into IAF.
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Rafale is equipped with India specific enhancements including helmet mount sight, radar warning receivers, flight data recorders with enough storage for 10 hours of data, infrared search and track systems besides jammers, cold start engine capability, towed decoys to lure incoming missiles away
Rafale jets also fully equipped to operate from high altitude bases in times of need
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