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Dangerous facts about Rafale

  • The French-made Rafale fighter is a high-precision medium-sized multi-role fighter. It is said that this is one of the most modern 4.5-generation aircraft. It has the ability to carry multiple weapons and deliver them accurately. The construction of the Rafale fighter can ensure the survivability of the airborne system itself.
  • The Rafale has two engines, and each wet spot can carry three 2000-liter tanks. The fighter is equipped with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar with a range of more than 350 kilometers. The Rafale fighter has a low-shooting ability. Rafale also has an integrated electronic warfare (EW) system.
  • The Rafale can carry up to 6 air-to-air missiles (AAM) and 6 expert bombs. Rafale will be integrated with MBDA Meteor BVRAAM, beyond line-of-sight air-to-air missiles and SCALP air-to-air missile ground missiles. BrahMos NG missiles can also be integrated on it.
  • Rafale has air-to-air refueling capabilities.

It can refuel another aircraft in buddy mode. The Rafale for IAF has been manufactured based on India Specific Enhancements

  • The Rafale fighter jets have several India-specific modifications. These include
    • Israeli helmet-mounted displays,
    • Low band jammers,
    • Radar warning receivers,
    • Infra-red search,
    • Tracking systems,
    • 10-hour flight data recording among others.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh exuded confidence that the aircraft, which means ‘aandhi’ in Hindi or gust of wind, will live up to its name. The Defence Minister said that a large number of IAF officers and airmen are being trained in France for flying, maintenance support and logistics for handling Rafale.
  • All Rafale fighter jets are expected to arrive by 2022
  • India is the fourth country, after Egypt, France, and Qatar, to bolster its fleet with the Rafale fighter jets. Rafale is also the second French fighter, Indian Air Force will have in its fleet. IAF already has Mirage 2000 which is also French-made.
  • 5 Rafale jets landed in Ambala. Rafale aircraft would certainly provide the potent air defence that IAF required. He termed Rafale aircraft “by far the most potent platform for India’s air defence”.

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