Indian Air Force get 3 more Rafales
A fourth batch of three Rafale fighter jets landed in India on Wednesday evening after flying non-stop from France, this will further boost the strength of Indian Air Force
The fighters will head to the Golden Arrows Squadron in Ambala, thus taking the number of the Rafale fighters in the Squadron to 14. Typically a squadron comprises around 18 aircraft and two as standby.
The jets were provided mid-air refuelling by air force tankers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
A second batch of three Rafale jets arrived in India on November 3
A third batch of another three jets joined the IAF on January 27
The first Rafale squadron is based in Ambala air force station
The Indian Air Force is set to raise the second squadron of the Rafale combat jets in mid-April and it will be based in Hasimara air base in West Bengal, according to military officials
The Rafale jets are capable of carrying a range of potent weapons. European missile maker MBDA's Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile, Scalp cruise missile and MICA weapons system will be the mainstay of the weapons package of the Rafale jets.
By 2022, all the 36 fighter aircraft will be in India.
The IAF is also in the process of buying a new generation medium-range modular air-to-ground weapon system Hammer (Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range). This will be integrated in the fighters.
What is Hammer? Developed by French major Safran is a precision-guided missile, which was originally meant for the French Air Force and the Navy.