IAF’s inventory set to be bolstered with 6 Rafale jets over Dec-Jan
- Indian Air Force will receive three Rafale jets in December
- Three more multi role fighter jets will be delivered in January 2022
- They will be a great addition to the inventory of the Indian Air Force
India will within the next two months receive six remaining Rafale multi-role jets with specific enhancements such as long-range air-to-air missiles, frequency jammers and advanced communications.
According to Indian Air Force officials, the first of the three Rafales with country-specific enhancements will arrive from the Istres Le Tube air base north west of Marseille, France, in December.
The last three multi-role fighter jets will be delivered at the Ambala air base in January. The Istres Le Tube air base is one of the most advanced in the world with test bed facilities for manufacturer Dassault Aviation to install India-specific enhancements in the fighter jet.
Once the jets are fully equipped and tested to satisfaction in Indian conditions, a fleet of 30 Rafales will be equipped with the same enhancements and delivered to India in the following year.
The Indian Rafales are at present based at Ambala and Hasimara.
In addition to the Meteor air-to-air missile, the fighter jets have weapons like SCALP air-to-ground laser guided ammunition which has the ability of targeting the enemy from a range of over 300 km and HAMMER terrain hugging ammunition which can locate and destroy high-profile enemy targets 60 kilometres away.
The Rafales will be a great addition to the inventory of the Indian Air Force. Upon the induction of at least two S-400 air defence systems, India will be able to deter threats 400km beyond its borders.