India uses arrival of French Rafale jets to warn China

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that the aircraft would be "a game changer" and were a sign of the Modi government's resolve to make India a powerful country. It also comes at a time when India is looking to emerge from the economic aftereffects of a stringent lockdown in April-May by attracting investors and firms looking to decouple their supply chains from China.

"The Birds have landed safely in Ambala". "The landing of Rafale fighter jets in India marks the beginning of a new era in our military history".

The first Rafale jet was handed over to the IAF in October a year ago during a visit to France by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Aiming to deploy the Rafale along the border with China, the IAF has also made a last-minute purchase of HAMMER (Highly Agile and Manoeuvrable Munition Extended Range) missiles in a bid to add to the fighter jet's lethality.

"If anyone is to worry or criticize this new capacity of the Indian Air Force, it must be those who want to threaten our territorial integrity", he tweeted.

While Rafale is a 4.5 generation aircraft, China still claims that its J-20 is the 5th generation and has more capabilities to counter Rafale.

Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh was the first commander of the Ambala base in independent India.

Broadly translated, the prime minister said in his tweet that there is no virtue like protecting the nation, there is no vow like defence of the nation.

The five jets include two twin seater trainer aircraft and three single seat aircraft.


The comments of Dhanoa, the architect of last year's Balakot airstrikes, assume significance in the light of raging Indo-China tensions along LAC.

With tensions on the border with China running high, the IAF is looking at integrating the Rafales with India's existing air defence systems as quickly as possible. "The Rafale jets were purchased when they fully met the operational requirements of the IAF. Once armed with their'Meteor" air-to-air missiles (120-150 km strike range), "Scalp" air-to-ground cruise missiles (over 300 km) and other armaments, they will be able to outgun their Pakistani and Chinese rivals like F-16s, JF-17s and J-20s.

Currently, the base has two squadrons of the Jaguar combat aircraft and one squadron of the MiG-21 Bison.

While the residents distributed candies, performed havan, released balloons and danced to show their enthusiasm, hoardings of BJP leaders were erected at many places in Ambala to welcome the fighter jets. Whereas in the French Air Force it was incorporated in the year 2006.

But the Rafale engine is better in terms of reliability, longevity and maintainability, according to reports.

"The acquisition of the Rafale underscores India's commitment to defence modernization", said Harsh Pant, a professor of worldwide relations at the London-based King's College. Especially when India is facing constant attacks and threats from neighboring countries like Pakistan and China.

He added that with Rafale's advanced terrain following weapons and level II of Digital Terrain Elevation Data, the error "probability is reduced to mere 10 meter".

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