Frontline Indian Air Force base in West Bengal likely to be one of the bases for a Rafale squadron

Frontline Indian Air Force base in Hasimara in West Bengal is likely to be one of the bases for a Rafale squadron, informed sources said on Friday. The first squadron is likely to be based at the Sarsawa base in Uttar Pradesh. One more base for the third squadron remains to be identified. Each of … Read more Frontline Indian Air Force base in West Bengal likely to be one of the bases for a Rafale squadron

Indian Air Force would like to induct more Rafale fighter jets: Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha

The Indian Air Force (IAF) would like to induct more Rafale fighter planes, but any decision on this would be taken in the future depending on desirability, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said on Tuesday. “We would like to have more (Rafales) but it is a decision which will be taken in the near future, … Read more Indian Air Force would like to induct more Rafale fighter jets: Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha

Reliance Group forms Joint Venture with Dassault for Rafale Jets

The Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group’s ambitions in the defence equipment space received a fillip with the announcement of a joint venture, Dassault Reliance Aerospace Pvt. Ltd, with French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation SA that is in line to benefit from a Rs24,500 crore seven-year offset deal. In September, India inked a deal to buy 36 … Read more Reliance Group forms Joint Venture with Dassault for Rafale Jets

No need for 36-month wait? Parrikar says India may get Rafale Jets much Sooner

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday that India may get Rafale fighter aircraft from France earlier than the agreed-upon 36 months. “As per terms of the deal it is 36 months (during which the delivery has to start), but it may come slightly earlier. We have requested them to (deliver it) as fast as … Read more No need for 36-month wait? Parrikar says India may get Rafale Jets much Sooner

Rafale to give Indian Air Force combat edge over Pakistan’s F-16s

It’s finally jet, set and go for the IAF after an agonising wait of 16 years since it first demanded new multi-role fighters. India and France on Friday inked a 7.87 billion euro deal for 36 Rafale fighters, which with their state of the art 150-km range Meteor air-to-air missiles will have a clear combat … Read more Rafale to give Indian Air Force combat edge over Pakistan’s F-16s

IAF’s Rafales will come equipped with the Meteor, World’s Most Advanced Air-to-Air missile

As India and France get set to sign a Euro 7.87 billion contract for 36 French Rafale fighters, details are emerging on a previously undisclosed part of the deal, which will see India acquiring the Meteor, arguably the World’s Most Advanced Air-to-Air missile . Sources tracking the final negotiations have confirmed that the IAF’s Rafales … Read more IAF’s Rafales will come equipped with the Meteor, World’s Most Advanced Air-to-Air missile

Rafale deal almost in the bag

The eagerly awaited final clearance for the Indo-French Rafale deal could come any day now, with the price of the combat aircraft expected to be finally brought down from €11.6 billion to €7.8 billion. The protracted and tough negotiations in this deal will save crores of rupees from the Indian exchequer. Rafales are twin-engine medium … Read more Rafale deal almost in the bag

Rafale deal in final stages, file reaches Prime Minister’s Office

India’s struggle to modernise its Soviet-era fighter aircraft fleet with 36 Rafale multirole fighter jets may soon be a reality as the file on acquiring them has reportedly reached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for approval. In January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande had signed an intergovernmental agreement, leaving the task … Read more Rafale deal in final stages, file reaches Prime Minister’s Office