Rafale Fighter Jets: Three more Rafale fighters touch down at Jamnagar airbase | India News


NEW DELHI: Three more of French origin Rafale fighters landed on the Jamnagar Air Base in India, following air refueling by tankers from France and the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday night.
The three new aircraft will join 26 such 4.5-generation fighters, which have a combat range of 780km to 1,650km without air refueling, already delivered to India. the Indian Air Force (IAF) will obtain the 36 twin-engine Rafales, contracted under the Rs 59,000 crore agreement signed with France in September 2016, in batches early next year.
Both Rafale Squads, the 17 ‘Golden Arrows’ in Ambala and the 101 ‘Falcons’ in Hasimara, are already operational and flying missions during the continuing 17-month military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh.
Omnidirectional Rafales are armed with long weapons such as ‘Scalp’ air-to-ground cruise missiles with a range of over 300 km. The fighters are also equipped with the best Meteor air-to-air missiles, which with an attack range of 120 to 150 km can surpass any missile that can currently be launched by Chinese or Pakistani aircraft.
The IAF had also ordered “Hammer” precision-guided air-to-ground munitions for the Rafales in a new agreement last year. With an attack range of 20 to 70 km, Hammer ammunition is designed to destroy bunkers, reinforced shelters and other targets on all terrain, including mountainous Ladakh.

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