On the 29th of July, five Indian Air Force (IAF) Rafale jets landed at Ambala air base.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, welcomed the new IAF fire jets with a tweet in sanskrit.
Mr. Modi said, “
दृष्टो नैव च नैव च।।
नभः स्पृशं दीप्तम्…
These five IAF fire jets are the first imported fighter jets to be inducted into the IAF in the last 23 years.
These Rafale jets are the first of the 36 contracted by India from France. In 2016, the Defense Ministry of India signed a contract of 36 Rafale jets from the aviation company, Dassault.
These jets would boost the power of Indian Air Force.
Last year Rajnath Singh, the Defense Minister of India, visited France and attended the induction and handover ceremony of the first Rafale jets slated for the Indian Air Force (IAF.)
Happy over the landing of the most awaited Rafale jets, Mr. Singh said, “This aircraft has very good flying performance and its weapons, radar and other sensors and electronic warfare capabilities are amongst the best in the world. Its arrival in India will make the IAF much stronger to deter any threat that may be posed on our country.”
According to sources, these Rafale jets are better than the fighter jets of both Pakistan and China.
Once ready, the Rafales will be able to outgun and outrun Pakistani F-16 and JF-17 as well as the Chinese Chengdu J-20 fighter jets.
The Indian Government is also planning to equip the Rafale jets with the “Hammer” beyond visual range missiles, for advantages over China along the LAC. The 20 to to 70 km range Hammers are designed to destroy bunkers, hardened shelters and other targets in all terrains including the mountainous ones in eastern Ladakh.
A Rafale can carry up to six Hammers to hit many targets simultaneously.
Besides, these jets have a combat range of 780 km to 1,650 km depending on mission, the jets come armed with a deadly weapons package, advanced avionics, radars and electronic warfare systems to prevent jamming by adversaries and ensure superior survivability in hostile airspace.
While 5 jets landed today, the remaining are expected to land by 2021.
The Rafale aircraft will be used in the air bases in Ambala in Punjab and Hasimara in West Bengal.
Stay tuned for further updates.