In pictures: Rafale fighters take off from France

Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, July 29

The first squadron of atleast 5 Rafale fighter plane took off from France on Monday to reach in India. The jets had been flown by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots. 

In a tweet, the Indian Embassay in France mentioned: “Bon Voyage: Indian Ambassador to #France interacts with the Indian pilots of the Rafale. Congratulates and wishes them a safe flight to India with a single hop.”


The first squadron of the plane will probably be stationed at Ambala Air Force Station, thought of one of the vital strategically situated bases of the IAF.

India had signed an inter-governmental settlement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a price 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 the MBDA to fight frequent threats dealing with the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden. Besides the missile techniques, the Rafale jets will include varied 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 techniques amongst others.

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

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