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Beautiful Rafale in IAF colors. Pic credits in pics themselves



BS019 has had it's first flight. That means 27 Rafales for the IAF have already been built and flown. 19 single seaters and 8 twin seaters.




IAF Rafale BS015.



IAF Rafale RB007

 
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IAF pilot in the front seat, French trainer in the back seat, fighter BS009 twin seater



RB007 single seater..so damn beautiful, can stare at the front fuselage itself for ages..

 

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3 more Rafales are due to land in India today after completing their ferry flight from Merignac with in-flight refueling support from A-330 MRTTs of the UAE Air Force. This will take the number of Rafales in India to 14, all with No.17 'Golden Arrows' squadron.

9 more Rafales are coming in April, of which 4 will round off No.17 'Golden Arrows' squadron (@18 fighters) and then 5 will be used to re-form No.101 'Falcons' squadron in Hasimara AFS, West Bengal.

3 Rafales to land in India on Wednesday March 31
 

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3 Rafale single seaters BS008, BS009 and BS0010 have landed in India after a 10 hour, 7000 km ferry flight from Merignac, Bordeaux. The 3 Rafales were refueled mid-way by UAE AF tankers. Last batch was also refueled by UAE AF tankers mid-way.

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3 more Rafale DH single seaters BS012, 013 and 014 plus 1 Rafale EH twin seater have departed from Merignac in France to their home in India..

With these 4 Rafales, the No.17 'Golden Arrows' squadron will have received all 18 of it's Rafales. The remainder will now start to go to Hasimara to the home of the No.101 'Falcons' squadron.

JUST IN: IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria sees off the latest batch of Rafale fighters from the Istres air base in France. The IAF chief is on an official visit to France. (Photos/
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IAF ACM RKS Bhadauria got a tour of Dassault's facilities

 

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Rafale single seater BS019. This means that 27 Rafales out of 36 have already been built and flown.

Another batch will be flying out to India soon.

 

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3 more Rafales have left from France for Jamnagar. With their arrival, the number of Rafales with the IAF will stand at 21.

These 3 will go to the next Rafale squadron, No.101 'Falcons'

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Next batch of three #Rafales leave from France to India today; wished the pilots smooth flight and safe landing.
4 pilots suited up in their flight suit means this delivery included 1 Rafale DH twin seater and 2 Rafale EH single seaters.



The gentleman in the middle is Air Cmde Hilal Ahmed Rather, India's Air Attache to France.
 

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No doubt Rafale is a beautiful and capable fighter. But 36 for a country the size of India is such a joke.
 

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No doubt Rafale is a beautiful and capable fighter. But 36 for a country the size of India is such a joke.
I think there was talk of a follow on order (mainly just internet fanboys) but considering that this year will probably see negative growth due to COVID on top of the massive drop last year, I do not think there will be money for more.
 

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