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India Readies to Deploy Rafale Along China Border as French-made Jets to Arrive India Soon

 New Delhi (Fast Mail): Despite COVID- 19 disruptions, France would  deliver  the Rafale fighter jets in July, allowing the Indian Air Force to deter airborne threats from China and Pakistan.India signed a $8.7 billion deal in 2016 with France to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets. 

 

Amid border tensions with China, the Indian Air force has received  some weaponery,including  the MBDA Scalp air-to-ground cruise missile and the Meteor air-to-air missile, for the Rafale fighter Jet.The first six jets from France will be arrived  ahead on 27 July.

 

 Previously only four jets were due to be delivered, but this was emhanced to six after talks between the Indian Air Force and manufacturer Dassault Aviation. The planes will be stationed at Ambala air base, which is close to both Ladakh and the Pakistani border.

 

Ladakh is the region where India and China have been engaged in border stand-off with a massive military build-up on both sides.

 

The Rafale jet has the advantage of carrying a range of weapons like MBDA's Meteor air-to-air missile and the Scalp cruise missile.

 

“The Rafale aircraft is a highly integrated, agile and smart air combat system. It will give us an edge over Pakistan and China when we use it in combination with SU-30 and other fleets,” Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria said.

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