The induction of Rafale into IAF is viewed as a pivotal turning point that will augment the capabilities of Indian Defence Forces. Certainly a game changer by all means, Rafale aircraft in the Indian Air Force will mean the country winning a prime place among the countries that boast of superior fighting aircraft. When compared with the air power of Pakistan and many other South Asian countries, Rafale will lift up India’s competence significantly though comparing with China’s air strength will be a long way to go. Here are the top characteristics of Rafale that will explain why Rafale is different from Indian fighter aircraft.

The Need We Confront

For about twenty years, India has been viewed to be disadvantaged in terms of long-range arms and sensors vis-a-vis PAF. Rafale will change this fate and bestow on the IAF the crucial edge with far better weapons and sensors. Two F-16s need to combine together to counter-challenge a single /Rafale in the air.

Since the American Jets have superior radar and missiles, two Su 30MKI need to be knotted to fight one of PAK F16.

What India Will Achieve With Rafale?

The weapons package that Rafale will get for India will capacitate India with the ability to engage Pakistani jets from a long distance without the risk of being tracked. In addition, the air-to-ground SCALP missile can precisely track down any target on the Pakistani territory with ease. The precision long-range ground attack missile can attack the specific target accurately. Since Rafale has a range of more than 300 km, Indian aircraft will not need to cross the LOC since the operations similar to Balakot can be conducted from within the Indian airspace.

Rafale features beyond visual range air to air missile that is the best today. The aircraft can take out the enemy aircraft from a range of more than 100 km. There is no escape zone of more than 60 km, the missile can easily overtake those of the American origin.

What Is Special About The Rafale Aircraft Supplied To India?

Already countries like France and Egypt have been operating Rafale jets, those that have been supplied to India are more sophisticated and highly customised to meet the specific needs that IAF has today.

The pilots can significantly benefit from the helmet mounted sights and targeting systems and can shoot off the weapons with lightning speed.

Rafale can easily take off from high altitude air bases like Leh on a cold start in order to carry out quick deployment AMRAAM presently with Pak in a highly accurate manner.

The towed decoy system can thwart the incoming missile attacks.

Upon the induction of Rafale into the IAF, France will provide industrial support for about 50 years.

The Future Ahead of Rafale In IAF

India has plans to acquire not less 36 more Rafale jets. The infrastructure necessary to accommodate them is now ready and a deal to purchase 36 more will cost the country considerably lesser since the specific enhancements required by India have been already paid for.