September 21, 2020

Rafale game changer for India

Rafale game changer for India

The Rafale is a twin-jet omni role fighter aircraft which able to operate from both an aircraft carrier and a shore base but India has ordered only for shore base aircraft. The fully versatile Rafale is able to carry out all combat. Thats why Rafale game changer for India. air-to-air and air-to-ground missions also air superiority and air defense, close air support, in-depth strikes, reconnaissance, anti-ship strikes and nuclear deterrence.

The Rafale entered service with the French Navy in 2004 and with the French Air Force in 2006. With more than 30,000 flight hours in operations, it has proven its worth in combat in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, Iraq and Syria. The Rafale was ordered by Egypt, Qatar and India.

India just recently got the first batch of Rafale (5) in month of July this year and another second batch will come to India soon in month of October.[/su_quote]


Wing span 10.90 m
Length 15.30 m
Height 5.30 m


Overall empty weight 10 t (22,000 lbs) class
Max. take-off weight 24.5 t (54,000 lbs)
Fuel(internal) 4.7 t (10,300 lbs)
Fuel(external) up to 6.7 t (14,700 lbs)
External load 9.5 t (21,000 lbs)

Store stations:

Total 14
Heavy-wet 5


Max. thrust 2 x 7.5 t
Limit load factors -3.2 g / +9 g
Max. speed M = 1.8 / 750 knots
Approach speed less than 120 knots
Landing ground run 450 m (1,500 ft) without drag-chute
Service ceiling 50,000 ft

The highly technologically advanced Omni role Rafale jets were brought to India on 29th July and is a game-changer for the Indian defence forces. It brings on board the sophisticated weaponry platform, extensive combat multi-role engaging capability, best-in-class stealth, higher payload carrying capacity, and even the ability to execute nuclear strikes

Rafale Arrival in India

In April 2015, during Prime Minister Of India Narendra Modi visited to Paris and requested the rapid delivery of 36 Rafales in a fly-away condition. Indian Defence Minister Late. Manohar Parrikar stated that these will be inducted into the IAF within two years.

India officially cancel the 126-aircraft MMRCA tender on 30 July 2015. Shortly after, India and France missed the July target date to finalise the 36-aircraft agreement. The previously-agreed-on terms in April total US$8 billion for 36 aircraft costing $200 million each, with an offset requirement of 30 percent of the deal’s value to be reinvested in India’s defence sector and create infrastructure for Rafale operations.

India insisted on a 50 percent offset and two bases, which France said would increase costs and require separate infrastructure and two sets of maintenance, training and armament storage facilities. In January 2016, the Indian government directed the Indian Navy to be briefed by Dassault on the navalised Rafale for its aircraft carriers, promoting logistics and spares commonalities between Navy and Air Force fighters. On 23 September 2016, Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian signed a €7.8 billion contract for 36 off-the-shelf Rafales with an option for 18 more at the same inflation-adjusted price.

India is set to have all 36 within six years after delivery of its first aircarft . The deal includes weapons and spares, which included Meteor BVRAAM missiles. India considered ordering 36 more Rafales around August 2017 amid tensions with China.

The Rafale can carry the following weapons:

  • The MICA air-to-air “Beyond Visual Range” (BVR) interception, combat and self-defense missiles, in their IR (heat-seeking) and EM (active radar homing) The MICA can be used within visual range (WVR) and beyond visual range (BVR).
  • The METEOR very long-range air-to-air missile, The METEOR very long-range rocket and ram-jet powered air-to-air EM missile. Its combination with the Rafale weapon system is a real paradigm change in air to air affairs.
  • The HAMMER (standing for Highly Agile and Manoeuvrable Munition Extended Range) modular, rocket-boosted air-to-ground precision guided weapon series, fitted with INS/GPS or INS/GPS/IIR (imaging infra-red) guidance kits, or with the upcoming INS/GPS/laser guidance
  • The SCALP long-range stand-off missile,
  • The AM39 EXOCET anti-ship missile,
  • Laser-guided bombs with different warheads from 500lbs to 2,000 lbs
  • Classic bombs non guided
  • The 2500 rounds/min NEXTER 30M791 30 mm internal cannon, available on both single and two-seaters
  • Specifications can be modified by the client requirement.

Why Rafale game changer for India?

As we know Rafale can carry The METEOR  which is very long-range air-to-air BVR missile. So Indian airforce has the edge over neighbours airforce by providing best BVR capabilities.

As China has a PL15 and its range for Bomer plane which it is about 300 km, and for fighter jet it is said that 150 km. And china will give this missile to Pakistan in near future. But still it has no comparison with METEOR missile and how.

As PL15 is conventional missile with range of 150 KM for fighter jet, so any jet can dodge by adopting G turn, into high dense air and high air manoeuvrability. As its speed get decline after conventional booster finished

METEOR missile uses the RAMJET so its speed (mach 3 to mach 4) never decline until it hits the target. It cant be avoided by adopting G turn, going into high dense air and high air manoeuvrability. This is also know for best “No Escape zone” missile.

Rafale has the best radar and sensors make it best at electronic warfare situation.And its radar range of 1055 km, help it execute the counter measure for searching radar.So Rafale can get closer and complete its operation without being detected.

The most important point is Rafale is Battle proven aircraft. Already proven battle worthiness in Syaria and Turkey.

India has officially inducted first batch of 5 Rafale in Indian Airforce on date 10 Sept 2020. Then later second batch will inducted in this year October. According to Dassault Aviation India will receives all of its 36 Rafale before the end of 2021.

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