The Indian Air Force has shared two images of armed Rafale jets fitted
with MICA air-to-air missiles on their wingtipsThe multirole Rafale jets have been built by French aerospace major Dassault
Aviation and are known for air-superiority and precision strikes.The Indian Air Force on Tuesday shared the first images of armed Rafale
fighter jets flying in Ladakh. The images show the Rafale aircraft, recently
inducted into the force, flying in Ladakh and fitted with MICA air-to-air
missiles on their wingtips.
“”The induction of Rafale jets is a big and stern message for the entire world,
especially to those eyeing our sovereignty. This kind of induction is very
important for the kind of atmosphere that has been created on our borders,”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on the occasion.
The second squadron of the Rafale aircraft will be stationed at the Hashimara
Air Force base in West Bengal. By the time the second squadron gets
operationalised, the Indian Air Force would have more than 20 Rafale fighter
The multirole Rafale jets have been built by French aerospace major Dassault
Aviation and are known for air-superiority and precision strikes.
The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29 last year,
nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with
France to procure 36 of the aircraft at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore.
The delivery of all 36 aircraft is expected to be completed by the end of
The Rafale is considered an omni-role aircraft, which means it can carry out
at least four missions in one sortie simultaneously. The Rafale is battle
hardened and has been used in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria and armed with
potent weapon package the fighter jet is lethal.
If the need be Rafale can also be nuclear enabled making it more lethal. The
fighter jet is armed with potent meteor and scalp missiles that will enhance
air strike capabilities and air dominance of the Indian Air Force.