France Sends 3 More Rafale Fighter Jets to India, boost firepower
France Sends 3 More Rafale Fighter Jets to India. Three French-made Rafale fighter jets have taken off to India to join the Indian Air Force (IAF) squadron, the Indian Embassy in France said, learned citing sputniknews.
“Next batch of three #Rafales leave from France to India today; wished the pilots smooth flight and safe landing,” the diplomatic mission tweeted Wednesday.
With these jets joining the IAF, the total number of Rafale warplanes in India will reach 21. Another four are expected to be delivered from France within a month.
In March, sources in the Indian Defenсe Ministry told Sputnik that IAF would begin the deployment of its second Rafale squadron in mid-April at the new operating base in West Bengal.
The second squadron of Rafale fighter jets commissioned by India from Paris is based at Hasimara Air Force Base in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal. The first five-jet batch, deployed in September 2020, is based in Ambala in the Indian state of Haryana as part of the Golden Arrows squadron.
In 2016, India signed a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France for an estimated $8.7 billion. The jets are set to be handed over to India within the next few years.
Rafale Fighter Aircraft
The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions. The Rafale is referred to as an “omnirole” aircraft by Dassault.