Newly inducted Rafale fighter jet to be featured in 88th Air Force Day parade
Five Rafale aircrafts were formally incorporated in the Indian Air Force on September 10 amid a period when the country had to engage in a nerve-racking border standoff with China in East Ladakh. Rafale fighter jets are country’s first major acquisition of fighter planes after Sukhoi jets which were imported from Russia 23 years ago.
The Air Force Day marks the foundation of Indian Air Force in 1932 and is celebrated on October 08. On its 88th anniversary this year, an annual parade will be observed at the Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad along with the aerial display of various aircraft including Rafale.
“Along with other aircrafts, the Rafale aircraft will also take part in the Air Force Day parade on October 8,” pronounced an IAF official.
In a tweet, the IAF informed, “#AFDay2020: Rafale – The Rafale is a 4.5 generation, twin-engine omnirole, air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship and nuclear deterrence fighter aircraft, equipped with a wide range of weapons.”
Facilitated by the advent of five Rafale jets’ first batch that landed on July 29, almost four years post-signing of inter-governmental agreement betwixt India and France to purchase 36 aircraft at a cost of 59,000 crores, Indian Air Force’s vigour is predicted to be significantly marked-up, in conjunction with the expected arrival of the second batch reportedly consisting of four or five aircraft by November.
Crafted by French aerospace enterprise Dassault Aviation, Rafale is distinguished by its precision strikes and air dominance. It is specifically proficient in backpacking the MICA air-to-air “Beyond Visual Range” (BVR) interception, combat and self-defence missiles, the METEOR very long-range air-to-air missile and rocket and the HAMMER (standing for Highly Agile and Manoeuvrable Munition Extended Range) modular, rocket-boosted air-to-ground precision-guided weapon series.