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India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.




NEW DELHI: There will be no delay in delivery of 36 Rafale jets to India as the timeline finalised for the supply of the fighter jets will be strictly respected, French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain has said.

India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.

"The contractual delivery schedule of the Rafale jets has been perfectly respected till now, and, in fact, a new aircraft was handed over to the Indian Air Force in end-April in France, in keeping with the contract," Lenain told PTI.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received the first Rafale jet at an airbase in France on October 8.

"We are helping the Indian Air Force in arranging for the ferry flight of their first four Rafales from France to India as soon as possible. So there's no reason today to speculate that the schedule will not be maintained," the envoy said.

France is reeling under swelling cases of coronavirus and has emerged as one of the worst-hit in Europe.

Over 1,45,000 people were infected by the virus while the death toll stood at 28,330. There were apprehensions that the delivery of Rafale jets could be delayed due to the pandemic.

However, Lenain asserted that the original timeline for delivery of the jets will be adhered to. The aircraft is capable of carrying a range of potent weapons.

European missile maker MBDA's Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile will be the mainstay of the weapons package of the Rafale jets.

Meteor is the next generation of BVR air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) designed to revolutionise air-to-air combat.

The weapon has been developed by MBDA to combat common threats facing the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden.

Besides the missile systems, the Rafale jets will come with various India-specific modifications, including Israeli helmet-mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10-hour flight data recording, infra-red search and tracking systems.

The IAF has already completed preparations, including readying required infrastructure and training of pilots, to welcome the fighter aircraft.

The first squadron of the aircraft will be stationed at Ambala air force station, considered one of the most strategically located bases of the IAF. The Indo-Pak border is around 220 km from there.

The second squadron of Rafale will be stationed at Hasimara base in West Bengal.

The IAF spent around Rs 400 crore to develop required infrastructure like shelters, hangars and maintenance facilities at the two bases. Out of 36 Rafale jets, 30 will be fighter jets and six will be trainers.

The trainer jets will be twin-seater with almost all the features of the fighter jets.

The Congress raised questions about the deal, including on rates of the aircraft, and alleged corruption, but the government has rejected the charges.

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The IAF wouldn't be having any easy nights after Feb 2019, until the jet is inducted. They surely will do everything for timely deliveries.

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India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.




NEW DELHI: There will be no delay in delivery of 36 Rafale jets to India as the timeline finalised for the supply of the fighter jets will be strictly respected, French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain has said.

India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.

"The contractual delivery schedule of the Rafale jets has been perfectly respected till now, and, in fact, a new aircraft was handed over to the Indian Air Force in end-April in France, in keeping with the contract," Lenain told PTI.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received the first Rafale jet at an airbase in France on October 8.

"We are helping the Indian Air Force in arranging for the ferry flight of their first four Rafales from France to India as soon as possible. So there's no reason today to speculate that the schedule will not be maintained," the envoy said.

France is reeling under swelling cases of coronavirus and has emerged as one of the worst-hit in Europe.

Over 1,45,000 people were infected by the virus while the death toll stood at 28,330. There were apprehensions that the delivery of Rafale jets could be delayed due to the pandemic.

However, Lenain asserted that the original timeline for delivery of the jets will be adhered to. The aircraft is capable of carrying a range of potent weapons.

European missile maker MBDA's Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile will be the mainstay of the weapons package of the Rafale jets.

Meteor is the next generation of BVR air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) designed to revolutionise air-to-air combat.

The weapon has been developed by MBDA to combat common threats facing the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden.

Besides the missile systems, the Rafale jets will come with various India-specific modifications, including Israeli helmet-mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10-hour flight data recording, infra-red search and tracking systems.

The IAF has already completed preparations, including readying required infrastructure and training of pilots, to welcome the fighter aircraft.

The first squadron of the aircraft will be stationed at Ambala air force station, considered one of the most strategically located bases of the IAF. The Indo-Pak border is around 220 km from there.

The second squadron of Rafale will be stationed at Hasimara base in West Bengal.

The IAF spent around Rs 400 crore to develop required infrastructure like shelters, hangars and maintenance facilities at the two bases. Out of 36 Rafale jets, 30 will be fighter jets and six will be trainers.

The trainer jets will be twin-seater with almost all the features of the fighter jets.

The Congress raised questions about the deal, including on rates of the aircraft, and alleged corruption, but the government has rejected the charges.

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Useless. Rafale going the scorpene way.
 

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Rafael would add more misery to IAF and make fleet management even more complex.

It takes years to train pilots and develop offensive/defensive strategies on a new platform. If India gets delivery today, it will still not benefit from this platform. Eventually it is, not the machine, but man+mahine which delivers an outcome.
 

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The new CO is a Shaurya Chakra awardee, Group Capt Harkirat Singh(left):

The new patch:
 

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Will be equipping the IAF's 17 Squadron, The Golden Arrows, which was incidentally commanded by Air Chief Marshal Birendra Singh Dhanoa in the Kargil Operations.
The new CO is a Shaurya Chakra awardee, Group Capt Harkirat Singh(left):

The new patch:

It is useless to put any further money on Rafales. French seem to be indulging in delay tactics.

Just look at the speed at which they are delivering Rafales to other customers vs India.
 

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How many pakistaniz await arrival of rafale, perhaps india won't run awag from battle and actually dare to attack finally in a full fleged war . One can only hope for a backbone shown.

Once two of these birds are down they will start looking for f35 or some other bird
 

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Rafale is part of a Overall strategy to modernise the IAF away from Russian MIG inventory.##

In 1999 IAF had ovr 750 combat planes 39 sqs these included
300 X mig21
200 X 23/27
70 X mig 29 .
The rest where 100 Jaguar & 45 mirage2000 C

Today

All 90% of those Mig21, 23. 27 have been phased out. ie 500 planes have gone

They have been or are being replaced by 3 new combat types

Rafale



Tejas




Su30mki



However the total numbers have fallen to just 28 sqds
 

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Rafale is part of a Overall strategy to modernise the IAF away from Russian MIG inventory.##

In 1999 IAF had ovr 750 combat planes 39 sqs these included
300 X mig21
200 X 23/27
70 X mig 29 .
The rest where 100 Jaguar & 45 mirage2000 C

Today

All 90% of those Mig21, 23. 27 have been phased out. ie 500 planes have gone

They have been or are being replaced by 3 new combat types

Rafale



Tejas




Su30mki



However the total numbers have fallen to just 28 sqds
IAF is now happy 450 fighters i.e 22 Squadrons.
 

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IAF is now happy 450 fighters i.e 22 Squadrons.
No it is well documented they want far more sqds BUT the cost is horrendous

2 rafale
3 mirage2000/5
6 LCA
14 mki
3 mig29upg
4 jaguar


I make it 32 sqds by 2030 when all mark1a delivered UNLESS IAF orders 2 more rafales sqds post 2025 which I suspect will happen
 

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Rafael would add more misery to IAF and make fleet management even more complex.

It takes years to train pilots and develop offensive/defensive strategies on a new platform. If India gets delivery today, it will still not benefit from this platform. Eventually it is, not the machine, but man+mahine which delivers an outcome.
Not really. All that we need is conversion training for the M2k pilots. Your assessment is stupid.
 

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