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A Rafale fighter jet lands at the Air Force Station in Ambala on July 29 this year.(AP Photo)

Rafales practising night-flying in Himachal Pradesh

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 06:14 AM IST
The Rafales, based in Ambala, are understood to be practising night flying in the mountainous terrain of Himachal Pradesh so that the Golden Arrows squadron, with its Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles and SCALP air-to-ground standoff weapons will be ready if the situation deteriorates on the LAC.
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Acting on a special request by the IAF, France has accelerated the deliveries of Rafale fighters to India. (Photo @IAF_MCC)
Acting on a special request by the IAF, France has accelerated the deliveries of Rafale fighters to India. (Photo @IAF_MCC)

Rafales, ‘beauty and beast’, are home. A look at their journey in pics

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 03:41 PM IST
The new Rafale — the first imported jets to be inducted into the IAF in 23 years after the Russian Sukhoi-30 jets entered service in June 1997 — will significantly enhance the offensive capabilities of the IAF.
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The first batch of Rafale aircrafts prepares to take off from Dassault Aviation Facility, Merignac, in France.(PTI)
The first batch of Rafale aircrafts prepares to take off from Dassault Aviation Facility, Merignac, in France.(PTI)

IAF’s first 5 Rafales take off from France, to reach Ambala on July 29

By Rahul Singh | Posted by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 10:58 PM IST
The two-leg flight will involve the Rafales covering a distance of nearly 7,000 km. The five fighters landed safely at Al Dhafra after a seven-hour flight from France on Monday evening.
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IAF chief BS Dhanoa said Rafale jets will ensure the deterrence of India’s air defence increases manifold.(ANI/Twitter)
IAF chief BS Dhanoa said Rafale jets will ensure the deterrence of India’s air defence increases manifold.(ANI/Twitter)

Once Rafale jets come, Pakistan won’t come near LoC or border: IAF chief Dhanoa

By Asian News International | Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 01:17 AM IST
The Rafales will be armed with Meteor air-to-air missiles which have the capability of shooting down enemy planes at strikes ranges upto 150 kms.
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French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation on Wednesday said it would be in a position to set up a production line for Rafale jets in the country only if India placed an order for at least 100 fighters.(Reuters/File Photo)
French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation on Wednesday said it would be in a position to set up a production line for Rafale jets in the country only if India placed an order for at least 100 fighters.(Reuters/File Photo)

100-jet order needed to build Rafales in India: Dassault

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, Yelahanka (Karnataka)
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2019 12:13 AM IST
Interacting with reporters on the opening day of Aero India 2019, Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier said the current order for 36 planes was not enough for the plane maker to set up a production line or manufacture Rafale parts in India.
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