The 29th of July, 2020 will mark the arrival of the much-awaited Rafale fighter jets from France. There were five jets in the first batch which took off on Monday. The jets will be becoming a part of the Indian Army fleet. With air-to-air refueling and an unmarred prevent en path in UAE, the Rafale plane can cowl a distance of almost 7000 km from France to India.
Dassault has given complete instructions on aircraft and weapons systems to pilots and support staff of the Indian Air Force. The French Indian embassy stated the occasion marked a “new milestone” in sturdy and developing protection cooperation among India and France. Ahead of the arrival of the jets, the embassy released a video showcasing the Rafale jets which were titled ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
The Indian ambassador in France, Jawed Ashraf was also present to witness the take-off of the fighter jets. He also congratulated the Indian pilots on being the first to fly such a powerful and important jet. He also expressed his gratitude to the French Government for being on time with the delivery of the swift, potent, and deadly aircraft.
The Rafale Deal
- India bought 36 Dassault Rafale twin-engine fighter planes for an envisioned Rs 58,000 crore, thru an intergovernmental settlement signed in 2016.
- The first batch includes five planes flown by pilots of the Indian Air Force. They took off from the airbase in Merignac near Bordeaux, France.
- In October 2019, in France, the primary fighter jet became exceeded over to the Indian Air Force at a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly.
- Ten aircraft delivered on time according to a statement made by the French Indian Embassy on Monday. Of those ten, five left for India while the other five remain for training missions in France.
- The jets bought by India are a mixture of single and two-seater planes. The jets on their way to India are a combination of both, too.
Ironically, the twin-seater aircraft have the initials of the new Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria, “RB,” as he played a major role in the negotiation of the contract. The single-seater aircraft have the initials of the last Air Force chief, retired Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa.
The arrival of the other jets
Of the ten air forces delivered, five are for training in France. Indian Air Force pilots and help teams of workers were given complete schooling with the aid of using the Dassault jets in France. Over the next nine months, IAF batches will begin their training in France, the Indian Embassy in France said. All the 36 jets are expected to be delivered by the end of 2021.
On their arrival
The aircraft can be inducted on Wednesday at Air Force Station Ambala, issue to weather, IAF started on July 20. The final ceremony on induction will be held in the second half of August.
The aircraft has provided extensive training to the IAF aircrew and ground crew for its technologically sophisticated weapons systems, which are now fully operational. Efforts will concentrate on operationalizing the aircraft as soon as possible after delivery, IAF had said. The primary emphasis when they meet would be on ensuring that the pilots and ground crew put their heads down and get integrated as soon as possible with the overall IAF operations. Both the ferry-in and movement of the support crew of fighter aircraft must be completed safely and quickly.
The Squadron the jets will be joining
The first jets will consist of the Air Force’s revived No 17 ‘Golden Arrows’ squadron, which will be based in Ambala. The Golden Arrows were formed in 1951 and throughout their history were involved in many important operations including the Kargil War. Nevertheless, the squadron was disbanded after the air force slowly started withdrawing the Mig-21, run by the Golden Arrows in 2016.
This revived for the state-of-the-art, multi-role Rafale.
Due to its potential to “use as an airborne strategic delivery system,” the Rafale was selected.
To put it another way, the Rafale will be the fighter plane chosen to supply nuclear weapons. The Rafale deal could turn out to be a boon for Indian defense because India is the only country in Asia, apart from China, that has created a military force structure called a “nuclear triad” That means India has the capability to deploy ground, air, and sea nuclear missiles – the triad was completed in November by the nuclear-capable ‘Arihant’ submarine. With India’s no-first-use coverage hooked up after it went nuclear in 1998, it becomes critical to, it was important to have a survivable nuclear triad with a view to offering a powerful reaction in case of attack.