Rafale fighter jet
- Rafale considered one of the most potent combat jets globally
- Known for air-superiority and precision strikes
- Formal induction ceremony in 17 Squadron scheduled to be held in the second half of August 2020
New Delhi: Spooked by India’s Rafale fighter jets, Pakistan foreign ministry said that New Delhi continues to amass military capabilities beyond its genuine security requirement.
Islamabad further urged the world community to dissuade India from its disproportionate arms build-up which could lead to an arms race in South Asia.
This is the first official reaction from Pakistan after five Rafale jets landed at Ambala Air Base yesterday.
IAF’s squadron strength has now reached 31
With the addition of five new planes, the IAF’s squadron strength has now reached 31.
Defence and security analysts have termed the Rafale a game-changing acquisition for the Indian Air Force as the aircraft is capable of carrying out a variety of missions.
The fighter jets can be used for ground and sea attacks and can also carry out electronic warfare, air defence, ground support and in-depth strikes.
Known for air-superiority and precision strikes, the jets are India’s first major acquisition of fighter planes in 23 years after the Sukhoi jets were imported from Russia in 1997.
The plane is capable of carrying a range of weapons including Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile, Scalp cruise missile and MICA weapons system.
Apart from this, the IAF is also procuring new generation medium-range modular air-to-ground weapon system Hammer to integrate with the Rafale jets. Hammer (Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range) is a precision-guided missile.
Rafale capable of carrying out a variety of missions
The twin-engine, canard-delta wing, omnirole fighter aircraft can perform numerous roles including Air dominance, aerial reconnaissance, precision long-range strikes including in the maritime environment.
On paper, the Rafale looks much more capable than Pakistan’s F-16 aircraft or China’s J-20 jet which is yet to see combat.
According to the latest numbers from Global Firepower Index 2020, the IAF has airpower of 2,123 aircraft as compared to PAF’s 1,472.
Similarly, while India has 538 fighters, Pakistan has 356.
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