The Indian Air Force has unveiled new Dassault Rafale fighters as a warning to China and Pakistani counterpart
The first five of a total order of 36 Dassault Rafale omnirole fighter aircraft were inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) in an official ceremony at Air Force Station Ambala, on 10 September 2020. Heralded as a ‘game changer’ by IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, the Rafales represent a significant capability upgrade for the IAF and, from the Modi Government’s perspective, will go a long way towards its strategic objective of extending the IAF’s dominance against its Pakistani counterpart.
Termed a “4.5-generation” aircraft due to its radar-evading stealth profile, advanced weaponry including Meteor and SCALP missiles, and multi-directional radar capable of detecting 40 targets simultaneously over a range of 100 kilometres, for the IAF, the Rafale takes the fight back to the F-16 Fighting Falcons flown by the Pakistani Air Force.
The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Wikipedia
Top speed: 1,389 km/h
Range: 3,700 km
Weight: 9,979 kg
Manufacturer: Dassault Aviation
Program cost: €45.9 billion (as of FY2013) (US$62.7 billion)
Engine types: Snecma M88, Turbofan