Rafale is in News. it is in news recently because India received its long-awaited first Rafale fighter jet out of total 36 in France however, the Fighter jet will be brought to India in May 2020. It has been received by the Defence Minister of India Shri Rajnath Singh on October 9, 2019. It is a memorable day for India and the Indian Air Force as well. In September 2016 India had signed an agreement with the France Government to procure 36 Rafale Fighter Aircraft at a cost of 59000 crores.
Rafale is a 4.5 Generation twin-engine and multi-role fighter jet that is designed and built by Dassault Aviation of France. First operational Dassault Rafale was used by the French Navy Force in 2002 whereas, In 2006, it was used by the French Air Force for the first time. Except France, Egypt and Qatar also use this combat jet and Indian Air Force can use it from May, 2020. Egypt was the first foreign country to use Dassault Rafale.
Why Rafale is important for Indian Air Force
India has many Fighter jets namely MiG-21, MiG-29 Bison, Sukhoi Su-30, HAL Tejas, Mirage 2000, etc. these Fighter Jets have been serving greatly for Indian Air Force for many years. As you know our enemy countries have latest generation Fighter jets. For India, it was a need of hour to upgrade Fighter jets so that India can compete with them easily when required for that reason Indian Government had signed an agreement with France Government to purchase Rafale combat jets and The fighter jets will enhance the combat capabilities of the Indian Air Force.
Rafale is a single and twin-seat multi fighter with 15.3-meter length, 5.30-meter height, and 10.90-meter wingspan. it can fly up to 1055kms with the top speed of 2223 km/h and take-off the maximum weight of 24500kg. it has a radar-evading stealth facility that makes it more important for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Rafale is capable of carrying out ground and sea attacks with high-accuracy strikes and it is also capable of carrying out nuclear deterrence missions.