The fifth batch of Rafale fighter jets reached India on 21 April. The batch arrived in India from a French military airbase. Fighter jets traveled about 8000 km, flying continuously. The Air Force of France and UAE also assisted air-to-air refueling.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) tweeted, Rafale fighter fifth batch arrived in India on April 21 after a direct flight from France’s #MerignacAirBase.” The IAF has also thanked the Air Force of France and UAE.
The fourth batch of Rafale fighter jets reached India on 31 March. It came from the Istress airbase in France.
On 29 July 2020, India received the first batch of five Rafale. There was an agreement between India and France to buy 36 aircraft for Rs 59,000 crore. Makes Rafael Dasha Aviation of France.
The second batch of these fighter jets arrived in India on 4 November 2020. The third batch came on 27 January 2021.
Rafale is a 4.5 generation fighter aircraft and has the latest weapon, hi-tech sensor and fully integrated architecture. It is an omni-roll aircraft, which means that it can complete at least four missions in one sortie.
This fighter jet is fitted with HAMMER missiles. It will also include Beyond-Visual Range Missiles like Meteor, SCALP, and MICA. Because of these, Rafale’s ability to shoot down enemy aircraft will increase even more.