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India accepts first Rafale

Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:49 pm

India have accepted the first Rafale. While the aircraft won’t arrive in India until next year Indian pilots will train in France and fly a significant number of hours before returning to India.

Rumours and suggestions continue about a follow on deal for another 36 Rafales while Dassault remains in contention for the 110 aircraft IAF order and the Indian Navy requirement for 50+ new aircraft. If Dassault wins both then India would operate as many if not more Rafales than France intends to.

Dassault Aviation hands over first Rafale multirole fighter to India

France’s Dassault Aviation has handed over the first of 36 Rafale multirole fighter aircraft that New Delhi ordered in September 2016 for the Indian Air Force (IAF) for EUR7.9 billion (USD8.71 billion).

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh officially accepted the aircraft in a ceremony held at Dassault’s assembly facility in Bordeaux-Mérignac on 8 October that coincided with the Hindu festival of Dussehra and the 87th founding anniversary of the IAF.

Singh said that the new twin-engined aircraft will enhance the capabilities of the IAF, adding that New Delhi’s procurement of the Rafale “will go a long way in strengthening strategic ties between India and France”.

The minister, who had held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron earlier that day, also thanked the French government for providing support and training to IAF pilots.

The aircraft, which bears tail number RB 001, is expected to arrive in India in May 2020 as part of a first batch of four Rafales that will be ferried to Ambala Air Force Station (AFS) for induction into the IAF’s 17 ‘Golden Arrow’ Squadron, which was formally reinstated on 10 September, about eight years after it was decommissioned following the retirement of its Soviet-era MiG-21 aircraft.

Before arriving in India the Rafales will be flown by IAF pilots in France for at least 1,500 hours as part of the testing and acceptance process.

While one Rafale squadron of 18 fighters, including four dual-seat trainers, will be based at Ambala AFS near India’s border with Pakistan, the second one, which will have a similar configuration, will be stationed at Hasimara AFS in northeastern India near the country’s disputed border with China. These aircraft are set to be inducted into the IAF’s 101 ‘Falcons’ Squadron, which is also set to be reinstated.

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Re: India accepts first Rafale

Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:07 am

That is one good looking aircraft, shame about the refueling probe, spoils those amazing lines

The F16 still takes the cake for best looking though !
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Re: India accepts first Rafale

Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:09 am

What is the Dassault designation for Indian Rafales? BH for the twin seat and EH or MH for the single seat and naval?
Is Dassault keeping its tradition Country code for export Rafales? So Qatari ones should be EQ and Egyptian ones EE?
 
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Re: India accepts first Rafale

Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:03 am

steman wrote:
What is the Dassault designation for Indian Rafales? BH for the twin seat and EH or MH for the single seat and naval?
Is Dassault keeping its tradition Country code for export Rafales? So Qatari ones should be EQ and Egyptian ones EE?

EH/DH for India
EM/DM for Egypt ('Misr' is Egypt)
EQ/DQ for Qatar
 
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Re: India accepts first Rafale

Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:08 am

angad84 wrote:
steman wrote:
What is the Dassault designation for Indian Rafales? BH for the twin seat and EH or MH for the single seat and naval?
Is Dassault keeping its tradition Country code for export Rafales? So Qatari ones should be EQ and Egyptian ones EE?

EH/DH for India
EM/DM for Egypt ('Misr' is Egypt)
EQ/DQ for Qatar


Thank you very much.
I always liked Dassault´s customer code system. Mirage III and F1 ended up with so many different denominations due to the high number of export sales. I doubt we´ll see that many again.

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