Unlike F/A18SH, Rafale wings don't fold. So it won't fit into small Indian carrier elevators.
I heard that French will allow integration of Indian BVRMs on Rafales only if India buys more Rafales.
The French are laying the ground for making the Rafale the most attractive (it already is the most obvious) 114 MRFA competition contestant via commonality with the existing 36 Rafales and also by allowing the addition of Indian weapons. Astra Mk2 and Astra Mk3 will follow on once the Astra Mk1 is integrated.
the Indian developed NG-ARM is the next obvious candidate, given that SEAD/DEAD is a big issue and the Rafale lags in this aspect. NG-ARM (aka Rudram 1) is already integrated to the Su-30MKI, but the Rafale will be definitely on the list as well.
Elevators definitely won't be touched. It is a massive undertaking and if the Rafale M doesn't fit the elevators, then it's out.No.
It was inked in the first batch purchase. As Israeli glide bombs (Hammer is "only" a complement).
It's true (for wings). But if it was impossible to fit the elevator, Dassault will never have spent money for tests.
So or there is space, or the leevators will be enlarged, or Dassault found an easy solution.
Clearly Dassault would've studied the issue very closely and a solution exists, else they wouldn't have spent the millions to send 2 Rafale Ms to Goa to conduct carrier compatibility testing off the STBF at INS Hansa.