First 5 Rafale jets more likely to be inducted by July-end: IAF

New Delhi, July 20

The first batch of 5 Rafale fighter jets is more likely to be inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) on July 29, in accordance with an official assertion.

It stated the ultimate induction ceremony will happen in second half of August.

“The first batch of five Indian Air Force Rafale is likely to arrive in India by end of July. The aircraft will be inducted at Air Force Station Ambala on July 29 subject to weather,” the IAF stated.

“IAF aircrew and ground crew have undergone comprehensive training on the aircraft, including its highly advanced weapons systems and are fully operational now. Post arrival, efforts will focus on operationalisation of the aircraft at the earliest,” the IAF stated.

Official sources stated the Rafale jets are more likely to be deployed within the Ladakh sector as a part of the IAF’s efforts to boost its operational capabilities alongside the Line of Actual Control with China in view of the border row with the nation.

In a separate assertion, the IAF stated the highest commanders of the pressure will take inventory of the present operational situation and deployments at a three-day convention right here starting Wednesday.

“The plan of action for operational capability enhancement of the IAF in the next decade will also be discussed,” it stated.

Officials stated arrival of the Rafale jets will additional strengthen the IAF’s fight capabilities.

India had signed an inter-governmental settlement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a value of round Rs 58,000 crore.

The plane is able to carrying a variety 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 bundle of the Rafale jets.

Meteor is the subsequent technology of BVR air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) designed to revolutionise air-to-air fight. The weapon has been developed by MBDA to fight frequent threats going through the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden.

It is powered by a singular rocket-ramjet motor that provides it way more engine energy for for much longer than some other missile, stated an official.

Besides the missile programs, the Rafale jets will include numerous India-specific modifications, together with Israeli helmet-mounted shows, radar warning receivers, low-band jammers, 10-hour flight knowledge recording, infra-red search and monitoring programs amongst others.

The IAF has already accomplished preparations, together with readying required infrastructure and coaching of pilots, to welcome the fighter plane.

The second squadron of Rafale might be stationed at Hasimara base in West Bengal. The IAF spent round Rs 400 crore to develop required infrastructure like shelters, hangars and upkeep amenities on the two bases.

Out of 36 Rafale jets, 30 might be fighter jets and 6 might be trainers. The coach jets might be twin-seater and they’re going to have virtually all of the options of the fighter jets. — PTI

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