Tuesday, January 10, 2017

India's First Rafale Fighter Jet Squadron To Replace MiG-27s In Eastern Sector

India has planned to base its first squadron of Rafale fighter jets in the eastern sector as part of policy to eventually build nuclear and conventional deterrence against China.
The IAF has now already confirmed its plans for the first 18 Rafales to be stationed at the Hasimara airbase in Bengal from late-2019, Times Of India reported today.
Under the Rs 59,000 crore (7.87 billion euro) deal signed with France in September 2016, the Indian Air force will be receiving 36 Rafales in batches by mid-2022.
The fighter, with 14 India-specific requirements, is capable of "cold start" from high-altitude regions. Moreover, the Rafale can carry 9.3-tonne of weapons and simultaneously can perform both air defence and ground attack missions.
09/01/17 Defence World.Net