Maybe not aggression but self defence’: Rajnath after India gets first Rafale.
India’s purchase of 36 is not a sign of aggression from anybody, but is part of the country’s self defence plan, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.
‘From February 2021, we’ll get delivery of 18 Rafale aircraft and by April-May 2022, we will get all 36 aircraft. This is part of our self defence and not a sign of aggression from anyone. It’s a deterrent,’ Singh said.
The Defence Minister was speaking after he completed a sortie onto a Rafale jet accompanied by French pilot Philippe Duchateau in the front cockpit with Singh sitting in the back seat. The airplane was flown by a French pilot as Indian pilots’ve only begun training about the India-specific Rafale aircraftcarrier.
Duchateau is your mind evaluation pilot of Dassault Aviation, the manufacturers of Rafale.
Earlier in the afternoon, Singh formally obtained the first Rafale fighter flying from the set of 36 aircraft bought from France at Dassault Aviation’s Merignac aviation near Bordeaux at the northwestern region of the nation. Shortly after accepting delivery of the aircraft, Singh flew at the two-seater Rafale.
‘This was a really smooth and comfortable flight. This was an unprecedented second, I hadn’t ever believed that one day I shall fly in super-sonic speed in a fight aircraft,’ the Defence Minister stated.
India will be the fourth state, after France, Egypt and Qatar, to fly the Rafale. The Rafale fighter jets will be a crucial improvement to India’s Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraft fleet. Even the Rafale combat aircrafthowever, cannot be compared with the J-20, an indigenously designed fifth-generation aircraft of China. The J-20 is shortly set to be inducted in large numbers into the People’s Liberation Army Air Force of China once it had been successfully developed and exhibited.
Tailor-made for the Indian Air Force, the Rafale fighter jets include India-specific enhancements including helmet-mounted sight, radar warning receivers, flight data recorders having sufficient storage for 10 hours of data, infrared search and track systems, jammers, cold engine starting capacity to operate from high-altitude foundations and towed decoys to lure incoming missiles away.