The first batch of five fighter planes finally leaves France for Ambala, India today. The rafale aircraft is expected to land at the Ambala airbase in Haryana on July 29 where they will formally induct by the Indian air force. We all know that there is so much buzz around rafale in India and its neighboring countries because every expert from Beijing to Islamabad knows its capabilities that after its arrival it can change the game in the Indian subcontinent.
So how exactly, the French powerhouse will change the game in the sub-continent?
Let’s see following reasoning behind this, compared to the existing IAF fighterjets, the Rafale not only has a far superior weaponery but it has the ability to see the enemy way ahead and engaging with multiple targets at the same time.
As a result, the adversary needs to deploy multiple fighters to take on a single Rafale jet. The topmost goal of the Indian airforce has always been too prepared for a two-front war. After induction of rafale, it can provide a huge boost to airforce capabilities for Indian armed forces.
Let’s take the example of the February 27 dogfight between Pakistan and Indian air force, IAF sources said Pakistan Air Force probably won’t have arranged the attack in such a style, had the IAF had the Rafale in its stock. At present, the IAF needs to deploy two Su-30MKIs for each of PAF’s F-16s. The situation will be changed drastically with Rafale as the PAF then would have to use two F-16s to counter a single Rafale jet. With rafale in the IAF kitty adversary should think twice to attack Indian army installments in the border areas.
Rafale fighter jets are equipped with state of the art weapon systems. Most famous of these weapons are the Meteor missiles, scalp missile, and MICA missiles.
- what is meteor missiles?
Meteor missiles are a distinct advantage. They are aerial missiles that work ‘past visual range’. This means whether the pilot can’t find an adversary airplane with his eyes, he can point and fire the missile which will eventually hit and destroy an enemy airplane. The Meteor is powered by a one of a unique rocket-ramjet engine that gives Meteor unmistakably more motor force, for any longer than some other missile. This means it can fly faster, fly longer, and maneuver more than any other missile.
Its also have mid-course update and terminal activate radar.
Each rocket has a ‘no way out zone’, if an objective airplane is inside this zone, it is difficult for it to sidestep the rocket and spare itself.
- scalp missile
India’s Rafales will also be equipped with the SCALP deep-strike cruise missile.
SCALP missiles prove to be deadly because
1. It has a long stand-off range which boosts its survivability in the war-like situation.
2. It is a stealth weapon. This means the adversary cannot easily track the missile, even with the help of RADAR.
3.It has pinpoint terminal accuracy. This means that once fires, SCALP missiles destroy the target with pinpoint accuracy.
4. This missile is intended to strike high valued stationary assets such as enemy military installations, enemy airbases, and port facilities.
- MICA Missile
The IAF’s Rafales will also be equipped with MICA, a missile the Indian Air Force knows very well as India purchased 450 MICAs missile as part of the mirage upgrade deal from France in 2012 for 1.23 billion dollars.
1.MICA missiles are unique because its active RADAR and imaging infrared makes it deadly in a close-quarter dogfight and also in a long ‘beyond-visual’ range.
2.MICA missile can easily hit a target which is much smaller in size than an actual aircraft.
3.MICA missiles have a nickname ‘silent killer’ as the target has little time to react before it is destroyed completely.
4..these 116 kg missiles have a solid rocket engine and are known to hit aerial targets within their range with accuracy without failing.
- Hammer missile
1. Hammer is a medium-range air-to-air missile weapon designed for the French navy and air force initially. The hammers would give India the capability to take out any bunker or hardened shelter in any type of train.
2. Hammer missiles can take out any types of targets at the range of around 65-70 kms.