Pakistan & China in fright; Today India to receive three more Rafale Jets
The Indian Air Force is expected to receive three to four Rafale jets every two months. Three aircraft will be delivered to India in January and then 3 in March, 7 in April.
New Delhi: Three more Rafale fighter jets will reach India today. The three aircraft will fly non-stop from France directly to the Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat. There will be no halt for the three aircraft. During the voyage they will be fueled in the sky by French and Indian tankers.
Three more Rafale to join IAF:
The trio is expected to reach Ambala after a day's break in Jamnagar. Earlier on 28 July, five Rafale arrived in India and on 10 September in Ambala, the planes were officially inducted into the Indian Air Force. The addition of Rafale aircraft has greatly increased the strength of the Indian Air Force.
In France, the Indian Air Force fighter pilots are already using seven Rafale fighter jets for training. The Indian Air Force is expected to deliver three to four Rafale jets every two months. Three aircraft will be delivered to India in January and then 3 in March, 7 in April.
Thus, by April next year, the number of aircraft in the country will be 21. All 36 aircraft are expected to join the IAF's combat fighter fleet by the end of the year. The Rafale fighter aircraft is the first fighter aircraft to join the Indian Air Force in 23 years since the Russian Sukhoi-30 in June 1997.
India has spent around 710 million euros on weapons of aircraft in the Rafale deal. The entire deal is worth 59 thousand crores. Of this, 18 fighter aircraft will join the Golden Arrow Squadron. The price of 36 aircraft - 3402 million euros. Spare parts of aircraft - 1800 million euros. India spends making - 1700 million euros
Performance Based Logistics - 353 Million Euros. The cost of an aircraft - 90 million euros. Price of a fighter jet including weapons, simulators, training in aircraft - Rs 1600 crores