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Dassault delivers 1st tranche of Rafale F4 to the French Air Force: Good News for Indian Air Force

Source : IgMp Bureau

The first Rafale F4.1 taxis in at its new home of Mont-de-Marsan, where training on the new variant is getting under way. (Photo: AAE)

French Aerospace major Dassault Aviation has delivered the first tranche of Rafale 4.1 standard fighter jet to the French Air Force yesterday and this is very significant as France has offered the Rafale 4.1 standard to the Indian Air Force under its long overdue 114 MRFA (Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft) program.

Externally there is nothing to differentiate the Rafale F4.1 standard from a standard F3R version but it marks a major technological leap with improvements to the navigation and weapons systems such as Mica-NG, Meteor-NG and 1,000 kilograms variant of Hammer precision strike munition, upgraded Spectra Electronic Warfare (EW) suite, the TALIOS target designation pod, upgraded RBE-2 AESA radar with improved effectiveness in the air to ground mode, Next Generation Scorpion helmet site and prognosis and diagnostic aid system with predictive maintenance capabilities.

Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshall V. R. Chaudhari has repeatedly said earlier that the IAF will stick to its plan of procuring 114 jets from abroad under MRFA at any cost, as this may be the last foreign jet to be procured by the Air Force as in future all jets will be made in India with indigenous technologies and designs. In that scenario, the delivery and induction of Rafale F4.1 standard jets, that was offered to IAF under MRFA, marks a significant moment, which may pave way for the procurement of 114 Dassault Rafale F4.1 under Make in India route for IAF.

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