Rafale: Meet The Deadliest Birdie Of Indian Air Force; Big Trouble For China’s J20

by Shatakshi Gupta

The Indian Air Force has got new fighter jets amid the ongoing border dispute between India and China.  On Thursday, five Rafale fighter jets from France formally joined the Indian Air Force fleet.  During this time, along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, French Defence Minister Florence Parley was also present at Ambala Airbase.  The entry into the Indian Air Force fleet of Rafale fighter aircraft went through the entire process.  Where first of all Sarvadharma  worship took place, after which flypast was done.  During this time, several other Air Force aircraft including Tejas, Sukhoi participated in the air show.

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9 qualities that make Rafale one of the Deadliest Aircraft

  • The Combat Radius of Rafale fighter aircraft is 3700 kilometres, as well as it is a two-engine aircraft, which was needed by the Indian Air Force.
  • Three types of missiles can be placed in Rafale.  Air-to-air meteor missiles, air-to-ground scalp missiles and hammer missiles.
  • Rafale fighter aircraft are well ahead of other aircraft in reaching altitude as soon as it starts.  Rafale’s rate of ascent is 300 meters per second, which also outperforms China-Pakistan aircraft.  That is, Rafale can go up to a height of 18 thousand meters in a minute.
  • If you look at the Ladakh border, the Rafale fighter plane fits.  Rafale is an Omni-role fighter aircraft.  It can land in a low place in the mountains.  You can land it on a running warship in the sea.
  • Once fuel is filled, it can fly continuously for 10 hours.  It can fill fuel in the air, as it did when coming to India from France.
  • The gun on Rafael is capable of firing 2500 rounds in a minute.
  •  As strong as the radar system is in Rafale, it can detect up to 40 targets at once in a radius of 100 km.
  • The Rafale fighter aircraft that India has received are capable of carrying up to 24,500 kg, with an additional 60 hours of flight guaranteed.
  • The missiles currently in Rafale have been used in places like Syria, Libya.  Apart from this, SPICE 2000 will also be added soon.

The Indian Air Force has so far received five Rafale fighter jets, while by 2022 the total will be 36, to be deployed at different airbases.  Rafale fighter jets are currently stationed at Ambala airbase, which is near the China and Pakistan border.  In such circumstances, it can prove beneficial for India in the current circumstances. 

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