New Delhi, July 28
On their approach to India from France, 5 Rafale jets have been refulled mid-air from a French tanker at a peak of 30,000 toes, based on images launched on Tuesday by the Indian Embassy in France.
The jets took off from the Merignac airbase in French port metropolis of Bordeaux on Monday, and can be arriving in India on Wednesday afternoon after protecting a distance of practically 7,000 km.
“Indian Air Force appreciates the support provided by French Air Force for our Rafale journey back home,” the IAF tweeted.
On Monday night, the Rafales landed at Al Dhafra airbase within the UAE after flying for over seven hours, officers mentioned including it was the one stopover by the jets whereas flying from France to India.
“Few shots from 30,000 feet! Mid air refuelling of #RafaleJets on their way to #India,” the Indian Embassy in France tweeted together with numerous photos of the jets being refuelled mid-air.
The fleet, comprising three single-seater and two twin-seater plane, is arriving at Ambala airbase on Wednesday afternoon the place they are going to be formally inducted into the IAF as a part of its No 17 Squadron, also called the ‘Golden Arrows’, mentioned one of many officers.
The plane are anticipated to considerably increase the IAF’s fight capabilities at a time when India is locked in a tense border row with China in japanese Ladakh.
The IAF has already deployed all its frontline fighter jets in key airbases alongside the Line of Actual Control, the de-facto border between India and China.
India had inked a Rs 59,000 crore deal on September 23, 2016 to acquire 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace main Dassault Aviation.
The first Rafale jet was handed over to the IAF in October final 12 months throughout a go to to France by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
The first squadron of the Rafale jets can be stationed at Ambala air base.
Official sources mentioned the Rafale jets are more likely to be deployed within the Ladakh sector as a part of IAF’s efforts to reinforce its operational capabilities alongside Line of Actual Control with China in view of the border row with the nation.
The plane is able to carrying a spread of potent weapons. European missile maker MBDA’s Meteor past visible vary air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile would be the mainstay of the weapons package deal of the Rafale jets.
Meteor is the following technology of BVR air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) designed to revolutionise air-to-air fight. The weapon has been developed by MBDA to fight widespread threats dealing with the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden.
The Meteor is powered by a singular rocket-ramjet motor that provides it way more engine energy for for much longer than another missile, mentioned an official.
The second squadron of Rafale can be stationed at Hasimara base in West Bengal. The IAF spent round Rs 400 crore to develop required infrastructure like shelters, hangars and upkeep services on the two bases.
Out of 36 Rafale jets, 30 can be fighter jets and 6 can be trainers. The coach jets can be twin-seater and they’re going to have nearly all of the options of the fighter jets. PTI