French Defense Minister Florence Parley will arrive in India on 10 September. She will join the Rafael Jets induction ceremony to be held at Ambala Air Force Base. Florence will also meet Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Parley will also be accompanied by a French defense officer and a delegation of the defense industry to India.
Florence Parley to visit India to join Rafale Induction Ceremony on September 10
This is the first visit of a big foreign leader to India amidst ongoing tension from China. Speaking of Parley, she will be the first minister to travel abroad after the French Corona ban.
Galvan regretted the clash
On 15 June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in violent clashes between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Galvan Valley. After this Florence Parley wrote a letter to Rajnath Singh and expressed grief.
First batch of five Rafael Fighter jets received in July
India received its first batch of five Rafale fighter jets in late July. On 27 July, 7 Indian pilots took off from France with the aircraft and reached India on 29 July after traveling 7000 km. These pilots included the commanding officer of 17 Squadron, Group Captain Harkirat Singh, Wing Commander MK Singh, Group Captain R. Kataria, Wing Commander Abhishek Tripathi, Wing Commander Manish Singh, Wing Commander Sidhu and Wing Commander Arun Kumar.
Rafael is capable of nuclear attack
Rafael DH (two-seater) and Rafael EH (single-seater), both twin engines, are fourth-generation fighters with delta-wing, semi-stealth capabilities. This is not only agile, but it can also lead to a nuclear attack. This fighter jet is designed with radar cross-section and infra-red signature. It has a glass cockpit. There is also a computer system, which helps the pilot to command and control.
It has a powerful M88 engine. Rafael also has an Advanced Avionics Suite. The cost of radar, electronic communication system and self-protection equipment is 30% of the total cost of the entire aircraft. The jet is equipped with RBE2AA Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, which helps in identifying low-observation targets.
Out of 36, 30 will be fighter jets and 6 will be training aircraft
In 2016, India signed 36 Rafale fighter jets with France for 58 thousand crores. Of the 36, 30 will be fighter jets and 6 will be training aircraft. Trainer jets will be two-seater and will also have all the features like fighter jets.