Connect with us


Rafale Deal With France Has Propelled India Ahead Of China In Both Air Power & Technological Prowess?



The depleting fleet of the Indian Air Force is set to get a Rafale boost as India is set to receive 16 of the 36 fighter jets by April 2021. The next batch of three Rafale fighter jets will arrive in Ambala on 5 November from the Bordeaux-Merignac facility according to latest reports.

Russia, Japan Tensions Set To Explode; Moscow To Deploy S-300 Missiles In The Disputed Kuril Islands

Unlike the last time, the jets will not be stopping anywhere as they will be fuelled mid-air, as per the senior government officials quoted by the Hindustan Times. So far, India has received five Rafale jets, three single-seater and two twin-seater, which were inducted into the force’s Golden Arrows squadron in September.

India will be receiving three more Rafale fighters in January, another three in March and seven in April 2021.

With this, the IAF will have 21 of these fighter jets, including seven twin-seaters. As by April 2021, the Golden Arrows Squadron will be equipped with 18 of these fighter jets and the remaining three will be sent to Hashimara airbase in north Bengal’s Alipurduar to protect the northeastern border with China.

The details on the arrival of rest of the jets have come after the senior officials of the Indian Air Force had reached France to review the progress earlier in October.

On India’s request, the combat-proven fighter jets will be now equipped with the air-to-ground modular weapon known as Hammer with a 250kg warhead. Earlier, the jets had Mica and Meteor air-to-air missiles along with Scalp air-to-ground cruise missiles.

India had purchased a total of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France in a 2016 government-to-government deal at a cost of $8.7 billion. The delivery of the jets will be completed by 2022.

India to Produce Fighter Jet Engines

Stating another big development between India-France cooperation, a report by the Hindustan Times has claimed that France’s biggest jet engine maker Safran is also ready to make fighter engines and ancillaries in India. The officials have welcomed Safran’s offer to make the Snecma M-88 engines in India.

Safran's contribution to the Rafale (Dassault Aviation) | Safran

Safran’s contribution to the Rafale (Dassault Aviation) | Safran

The same engines can be used in the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Light Combat Aircraft Mark II and twin-engine advanced multi-role combat aircraft.

Since the IAF is planning to buy 83 LCA jets, the DRDO will be continuing developing its own engines at a ramped-up pace and Safran engine will fill the gap between development and manufacture.

With the Safran offer, India will be the fourth country after the US, Russia and France which have the capacity to produce fighter jet engines. China still relies on Russian engines to power its J-31 and the JF-17 fighter jets.

The matter will likely be taken up during foreign secretary Harsh Shringla’s visit to France, the UK and Germany, starting from Paris on Thursday.

Lingering Border Stand-off

After the beginning of the military stand-off with China earlier in May, India had requested France to ensure timely delivery of the fighter jets, which were likely to be delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown. However, France fulfilled its promise and delivered the first five of 36 jets in July.

While the last violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese armies took place in August end, the troops on both the sides remain engaged along the Line of Actual Control in spite of the onset of Winter in the Himalayas.

Speculating that the stand-off is to last longer, the two armies have been providing their soldiers with winter supplies and gear to deal with the sub-zero temperatures of the Himalayas.

Reports have claimed that an additional 35,000-50,000 troops have been deployed in eastern Ladakh to match the strength of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in frontline bases.

China Study Group, the Indian government’s top policy-making body on China-related issues, has taken up for deliberation a proposal made by Beijing to end the deadlock.

During the seventh round of military-commander level meetings on 12 October, China had proposed moving back the armoured units of the two armies from border areas. New Delhi will be responding to the offer in next round of talks.




Americas5 hours ago

What Is US’ Most Lethal Submarine Killer – The P-8 Poseidon Doing On India-China Border At 15,000 Feet?

US-made Boeing P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, also known as ‘Submarine Killer’, has been deployed in Eastern Ladakh near the...

Featured6 hours ago

Indian BrahMos Goes Global; After Indonesia, Brazil Looks To Arms Its Gripen Jets With Indo-Russian Missile

The BrahMos-NG is intended to be a mini-version of the existing BrahMos, being lighter and shorter while still having a...

CHINA-amphibious-aircraft-AG600 CHINA-amphibious-aircraft-AG600
Asia Pacific7 hours ago

Seaplanes Set To Make A Comeback As China Threatens The US With Its Amphibious ‘Fish Dragon’

Decades ago, seaplanes proved their might during World War I for surveillance and reconnaissance. Not just that, seaplanes were later...

eurasian times eurasian times
Featured8 hours ago

Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated Near Tehran; Fingers Raised Towards Mossad

A senior scientist linked to the Iranian nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, was assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran on Friday,...

indian-air-force indian-air-force
Featured11 hours ago

Third Indian MiG-29 Crashes In A Year – Is It Time To Bid Adieu To Russian Jets & Welcome Western Fighters?

The Indian Navy said on Friday that a MiG-29K trainer aircraft had crashed in the Arabian Sea around 5 pm...

Featured12 hours ago

Modi’s Trillion Dollar Baby: India Bets Big On Its Largest Govt-Funded Project – The Bullet Train

India is gearing up to build its first bullet train corridor covering 508 kilometers between Mumbai and Ahemdabad. The National...

india-russia india-russia
EurAsian Region13 hours ago

India, Russia To Showcase Their Naval Might In Joint Drills In Baltic Sea

The Russian and Indian navies are likely to conduct joint drills in the Baltic Sea sometime next year, according to...

Pakistani-Passport Pakistani-Passport
Featured14 hours ago

UAE Visa Ban Starts To Pinch Pakistan; 3000 Jobs Lost In First Week As Indian Workers Rejoice

OPED By Haider Abbas

Bubonic Plague Bubonic Plague
Americas16 hours ago

As China Slips In The Covid-19 Vaccine Race, Will Russia Eclipse The US & UK To Get The 1st Shot Out?

As the world continues to battle Covid-19, a study on the efficacy of Chinese Sinovac Biotech’s vaccine, published in the...

Featured17 hours ago

#LoveJihad: Democratic India Plans To Combat ‘Love Jihad’ In An Attempt To Control Interfaith Marriages

Hindu right-wing has coined the term “love jihad”, to describe the marriage of a Hindu girl to a Muslim boy....