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By IASToppers
October 10, 2019

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Defence & Security Issues

  • Why Rafale jets are important for Indian Air Force

 

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Defence & Security Issues

Why Rafale jets are important for Indian Air Force

Defence minister will be taking the delivery of the first of the 36 French-built Rafale fighter aircraft. However, the combat jet will be seen in Indian skies only in May 2020.

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WHAT ARE RAFALE JETS?

  • The Rafale is a multirole fighter aircraft designed based on technology 4+ generation and built by the French aircraft manufacturer, Dassault Aviation.

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  • India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets.
  • The aircraft can be used for numerous roles including Air dominance, interdiction, aerial recce, precision long-range strikes including in the maritime environment.

IMPORTANCE OF RAFAEL FOR INDIA

  • Rafale, categorised as a 5 generation aircraft for its radar-evading stealth profile, will be a game changer for the Indian Air Force (IAF) since most of the aircraft in India inventory are third- or fourth-generation fighters.
  • Pakistan do not have any fighter jet equivalent to Rafael.
  • The indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas can be categorised as fourth-generation in terms of avionics and technology but it is too small an aircraft to make a difference. Hence, Rafel will enhance Indian air force capabilities.
  • India will only be the fourth country, after France, Egypt and Qatar, to have the Rafale.
  • However, the Rafale cannot be compared with the J-20, an indigenously developed fifth-generation aircraft of China.

SPECIFICATIONS

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  • It can fly at speeds of 1.8 mach (2,222.6km per hour) and has a range of 3,700km.
  • France has promised to ensure that at least 75 per cent of the Rafale fleet is combat-worthy at any given point, failing which, heavy penalties will be invoked.
  • It can be equipped with air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and air-to-surface missiles along with Nuclear weapons
  • Besides the missile systems, the Rafale jets come with various India-specific modifications, including Israeli helmet-mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10-hour flight data recording, infra-red search and tracking systems etc.
[Ref: PIB, News18, India Today]

 

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