World-class fighter jets ‘Rafales’ have landed in Ambala: How these ‘game-changer’ jets will uplift India’s air power.

India’s first five Rafale fighter jets that are 3 single-seat and 2 twin-seat finally took off from France and touched down in Ambala after a 7,000-km flight that consisted of an overnight stopover in the UAE and mid-air refueling. 

Termed as “game-changers” by the Indian Air Force, the fighter jets have landed in Ambala amidst the ongoing military encounter with China which could lengthen till winter or even go beyond that. 

Welcoming the fighter jets in India, Rajnath Singh, India’s defense minister stated that the landing of Rafale jets marks the commencement of a brand new era in our military history. 

Singh tweeted, “This aircraft has very good flying performance and its weapons, radar, and other sensors and Electronic Warfare capabilities are amongst the best in the world. Its arrival in India will make the IAF much stronger to deter any threat that may be posed on our country.”

Although the jets will take time to be rightly incorporated with the war-fighting machinery, they will definitely be a prime mover upon being fully operational. 

Once the Rafales are ready, they will be able to defeat and outpace Pakistani F-16 and JF-17 and also outrun the Chinese Chengdu J-20 fighters. 

As a matter of fact, sources have even stated that the air-to-air and the air-to-ground strike capacity of Rafales cannot be paired with neither China nor Pakistan thus providing India an edge over both these rival countries. 

With a combat range of 780-km to 1,650-km subjected to the mission, the jets come equipped with advanced avionics, radars and electronic warfare systems along with a deadly weapons package to prevent blocking by adversaries and guarantee supervisor survivability even in hostile contested airspace. 

The Rafales are even equipped with “Meteor” air-to-air missiles that have a 120-150 km strike range. Also, these jets will even have 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISEs) or upgrades that will be completely operational in 2022 after undergoing “software certification”. India is even intending to equip its brand new Rafale jets with the “Hammer” air-to-ground precision-guided munitions to have an upper hand over China along the LAC. 

 

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