New Delhi: According to the report, the second batch of the Indian Air Force's three Rafale fighter jets will arrive at Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat all the way from France on Wednesday. The aircraft is set to take off from France early morning and arrive India in the evening as the airforce prepares to form its first-ever Rafale squadron at Ambala airbase, officials updated with the developments reported on Tuesday.
The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 28, inducted by Narendra Modi government on September 10, the IAF would have eight fighter jets which will become operational within few days.
The IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said the integration of Rafale fighters have welcomed a platform of arms with advanced weapons, sensors and technologies that have given the IAF an operational and technological edge.
An Indian Air Force team along with a two-star officer was present in France last month to scrutinise the progress of the Rafale project before the arrival of the second batch of fighter jets. The arrival of more fighter jets boosts the capability of IAF rapidly to deploy advanced jets amid tensions with neighbouring China and Pakistan.
The IAF expects three to four Rafale jets more to be delivered every two months, adding all the 36 planes to join the air force's combat fleet.
These jets were ordered from France in September 2016 under a government-to-government deal worth 59,000 crores. The Rafale enhancement included a helmet-mounted sight, radar warning receivers, flight data recorders with storage for 20 hours of data, infrared search and track system, jammers, cold engine start capability to operate from extremely high altitude bases and towed decoys to fend off incoming missiles.
This twin-engine jet is a multi-tasker!
Both ground and sea attack, air defence and air superiority, reconnaissance and nuclear strike deterrence with the capacity to carry almost 10 tonnes of weapons.