5th Batch of Rafale Jets Arrives in India From France Airbase, boost firepower

5th Batch of Rafale Jets Arrives in India From France Airbase. The fighter jets flew almost 8,000 km non-stop with air-to-air refuelling support by France and UAE’s Air Force, learned citing thequint.

5th Batch of Rafale Jets Arrives in India From France Airbase

The fifth batch of Rafale fighter jets arrived in India on Wednesday, 21 April, from a military airbase in France.

The fighter jets flew a distance of almost 8,000 km non-stop with air-to-air refuelling support by France and UAE’s Air Force.

“After a direct ferry from #MerignacAirBase, France, the 5th batch of Rafales arrived in India on 21 April. The fighters flew a distance of almost 8,000Kms with air-to-air refuelling support by @Armee_de_lair (France Air Force) and UAE AF. IAF thanks both the Air Forces for their co-operation,” the Indian Air Force (IAF) tweeted.

The fourth batch of three Rafale fighter jets landed on Indian soil on 31 March, after a direct ferry from Istres Air Base France.

On 29 July 2020, India received its first batch of five jets from France after signing an inter-government agreement to procure 36 aircrafts at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore. The second batch of three Rafale combat aircraft arrived in India on 4 November 2020. the next lot arrived on 27 January 2021.

The Rafale combat aircraft is manufactured by French company Dassault Aviation. It is a 4.5 generation aircraft and has the latest weapons, superior sensors and fully integrated architecture. It is an omni-role aircraft, which means it can carry out at least four missions in one sortie.

The fighter jet has HAMMER missiles. It will also be armed with beyond-visual range missiles, like Meteor, SCALP and MICA, increasing its ability to take on incoming targets from a distance.

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