London, Oct 09: Yesterday a special hand over ceremony took place at Sant-Cloud, France with India’s Defence Minister, Hon. Shri. Rajnath Singh, Hon. France’s Armed Forces Minister Ms. Florence Parly and the Chairman, CEO of Dassault Aviation, Mr. Eric Trappier.
This ceremony made history with India’s Defence Minister, Hon. Shri. Rajnath Singh taking a flight in the Rafale to experience first hand the formidability of the Rafale.
This is handover ceremony took place after the initial contract that was signed for acquiring at least 36 ready to fly Rafale. With options for further more in the future. The delivery of the long waited Rafale will be done in batches.
Since the 1950’s Dassault Aviation have supported the Indian Airforce over several decades. Historically, Dassault Aviation have supplied India with following aircrafts:
RAFALE FIGHER JET
The Rafale fighter jet is a twin-jet engine fighter aircraft that could be operated from land airbase or the sea from a aircraft carrier. Rafale is a fully versatile aircraft and has been in operation since 2004 in the French Navy and Airforce. Rafale has proven combat experience during missions in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali and Iraq. Currently the main operators for Rafale are the French Navy and Air Force, Egyptian Air Force and Qatar Air Force.
The design is by omni and multi role that offers wide range for offence, defence and air superiority including potential nuclear deterrence. The aircraft compliments the current fleet of Mirage 2000 in the Indian Airforce. The aircraft is considered versatile and flexible to requirements of Indian Airforce. The aircraft has a range of advanced security and warfare systems and ability to carry air to air and air to ground missiles for sorties. The maximum speed is approximately 750 knots/M=1.8. And maximum thrust around 2 x7.5t with external load of 9.5t.