Paris: The Indian Air Force has moved one step closer to integrating the Rafale fighter jet into its ranks. Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria took a sortie in the aircraft from the French Air Force base of Mont de Marsan.
Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi 30 took sortie with French Air Force’s Rafale and Mirage 2000 during the 6th edition of Indo-French air exercise on Wednesday. The exercise is being held at Mont-de-Marsan Air Base in France. Sukhoi 30 is Russian made twin-engine fighter jet.
Once the French Rafale and the Russian Su-30MKI jets start operating jointly in the Indian Air Force (IAF), it will be a deadly combination and will make our enemies including Pakistan worried in case of any conflict, said Indian Air Force Vice Chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria after the sortie.
‘We would have larger & better weapons’
“For any such (February 27-type) operation by Pakistan, they would have losses much more. We would have larger weapons and we would have better weapons. The attrition that we will inflict would be very very high,” he said when asked if Pakistan would dare to carry out a February 27-type operation after the two fighter aircraft start operating.
IAF Vice Chief also said that he was looking forward to flying the Rafale aircraft of the French Air Force.
Manufactured by France-based Dassault Aviation, the Rafale is a twin-engine multi-role fighter jet that is nuclear-capable and versatile enough to engage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks, with Meteor and Scalp missiles, respectively, making it one of the most feared fighter jets in the continent. In addition, with the on-board Electronic Warfare (EW) system, the Rafale can also perform reconnaissance and radar jamming roles.