Dassault Rafale

Multi-role combat aircraft family by Dassault

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Dassault Rafale: Multi-role combat aircraft family by Dassault
The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions. The Rafale is referred to as an "omnirole" aircraft by Dassault.


Watch how IAF chief greeted Rafale pilots at Ambala base; jet induction in Aug [Video]

Watch how IAF chief greeted Rafale pilots at Ambala base; jet induction in Aug

Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria was personally present at the Ambala air base to welcome the first batch of Rafale fighter aircraft from France. After the planes touched down, they..

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Vikram Chandra on first Rafale jets landing amidst warm welcome, other stories [Video]

Vikram Chandra on first Rafale jets landing amidst warm welcome, other stories

As the first batch of five Rafale jets landed at the Ambala airbase, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh termed it as the 'beginning of a new era in our military history'. The jets will not only provide a..

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Rafale jets should worry those threatening India: Govt's message to China [Video]

Rafale jets should worry those threatening India: Govt's message to China

As the first batch of Rafale fighter aircraft landed in India, the country's political leadership sent a clear message to hostile powers. The Defence minister, Rajnath Singh, delivered a not-so-subtle..

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Watch: First batch of Rafale fighter jets take off from France to join Indian Air Force [Video]

Watch: First batch of Rafale fighter jets take off from France to join Indian Air Force

The first batch of Rafale jets took off from France to join the Indian Air Force on July 27. The jet will join Indian Air Force fleet at Ambala in Haryana on July 29. The aircraft will be refuelled by..

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Dhanoa also said that the Rafales being supplied to the IAF are much more advanced than the ones being used by the French Air Force.
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Rafales will provide India major advantage in Tibet in case of aerial combat: B S Dhanoa

The Rafale aircraft will give India a strategic advantage in case of any aerial combat with China in the mountainous Tibet region as the fleet will be able to use the terrain to its advantage, destroy..
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'Operation Westend' case highlights need to thoroughly investigate Rafale deal: Congress

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Chinese experts claim IAF's Rafale jets stand no chance against its J-20

According to former IAF chief BS Dhanoa, Rafale is a game-changer, and the Chinese J-20 doesn't even come close.
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'Disproportionate arms build-up': India's Rafale acquisition irks Pakistan

Five of the 36 medium multi-role Rafale fighter jets arrived at the IAF airbase in Ambala near New Delhi on Wednesday.
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Defended Rafale deal as did not want it go the Bofors way: Former IAF chief B S Dhanoa

Former Chief of Air Staff B S Dhanoa on Wednesday welcomed the arrival of Rafales in India and said he defended the deal to procure the multi-role jets notwithstanding the political controversy to stop..
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5 Rafale jets arrive in India in a boost to IAF's combat capability

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Congress welcomes arrival of Rafale jets, but questions govt over delay and high cost

The Congress on Wednesday welcomed the arrival of Rafale fighter jets in India, but questioned the delay and their high cost. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asked why each Rafale jet was purchased by the..
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5 Rafale jets touchdown at Ambala, residents celebrate, politicians take political mileage, Sec 144 flouted

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Ambala residents park vehicles at NH, climb rooftops to have a glimpse of Rafale landing

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Assam youth designs patches of IAF pilots flying Rafale jets

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Rafale deal: A saga of political dogfight to celebratory touchdown

The touchdown of five Rafale jets on Indian soil on Wednesday caps years of intense political dogfight, with the ruling BJP projecting the purchase as a huge boost to national security and the Congress..
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UPA govt's labour in identifying, purchasing Rafale in 2012 finally bears fruit: Congress

After the arrival of five French Rafale fighter jets in the country, the Congress on Wednesday congratulated the Indian Air Force (IAF) while taking credit of its government's labour in identifying and..
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Rafale contingent establishes contact with INS Kolkata deployed in Western Arabian Sea

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PM Modi tweets in Sanskrit to welcome Rafale jets, says no virtue like protecting nation

There is no virtue like protecting the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday as welcomed the first batch of five Rafale jets which landed in Ambala with a tweet in Sanskrit. He also..
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Rafale touchdown historic day for IAF, jets will be game changer: Amit Shah

Describing the arrival of five Rafale fighter jets as a historic day for the Indian Air Force and a proud moment for India, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said they are the world's most..
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Rajnath Singh on arrival of Rafale jets: 'Those who want to threaten our territorial integrity should be worried'

As the five Rafale jets landed at Ambala air base on Wednesday, defence minister Rajnath Singh said "those who want to threaten our territorial integrity should be worried about our new capability."
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India receives first batch of five Rafale jets from France

The first batch of Rafale fighter jets that took off from France on Monday has landed at the Ambala airbase today giving the country's air power a strategic edge over its adversaries in the..
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Touch down of Rafale jets in India marks beginning of new era in our military history: Rajnath Singh

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the touch down of Rafale jets in India marks the beginning of a new era in our military history. "These multi-role aircraft will revolutionise the..
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Watch: Five Rafale fighter jets land at Ambala airbase, given ceremonial water salute

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed that the five Rafale fighter jets from France safely landed at the Indian Air Force base in Ambala. The jets were given a customary water salute upon their..
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Watch: Rafale touchdown at Ambala airbase

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Five Rafale jets enter Indian air space

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The name Rafale scares our enemies: Haryana home minister Anil Vij

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Rafale contingent makes radio contact with Indian Navy; listen to audio clip here

Five Rafale aircraft have established contact with the Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata in the Western Arabian Sea.
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'Welcome to India, boys': Netizens flood Twitter with greetings as Rafale jets make radio contact with Indian Navy

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Rafale Landing: 'Water salute' to be given to five fighter aircraft at Ambala airbase

After almost two decades, India will induct a new multirole foreign fighter aircraft, as five Rafale combat aircraft would join its Air Force fleet today in Ambala.
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India to get five Rafale fighter jets today

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IAF officer who played key role in Rafale delivery hero back home in Kashmir

Presently India's Air Attache in France, the native of Anantnag in Kashmir has played a key role in ensuring delivery of Rafale jets to the country. Rather, son of a retired DSP, spent all of last year..
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'Rafale jets show strong India-France partnership': French envoy Emmanuel Lenain

"The Rafale jets are outstanding planes. It shows the strong partnership between our two countries. They are coming with Indian pilots and technicians, trained in France and from what I understand they..
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Section 144 imposed around Ambala airbase ahead of Rafale's arrival

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Pictures: Midair refuelling of Rafale jets on way to India

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EXCLUSIVE: Kashmir man who played a key role in Rafale's India journey

A man who was seen with India's ambassador to France is Air Commodore Hilal Ahmad Rather, who is presently India's Air Attaché to France. Hilal has studied from Sanik School and hails from the..
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India's Rafale jets to have HAMMER missiles; weapon that was used in Iraq and Syria

It was pointed out that the Rafale jets with HAMMER missiles carried out airstrikes in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.
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High Five: Rafales take off, arriving tomorrow

The imminent arrival of the five Rafales, out of the 36 contracted from France in the Rs 59,000-crore deal inked in September 2016, comes two decades after IAF first demanded such fighters, and an..
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We welcome Rafale aircraft, but there are issues in way contract handled: Congress

The Congress on Monday welcomed the Rafale aircraft in the country, saying the party has nothing against the fighter jet, but reiterated there were “issues in the way the contract was handled”.
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'Heroes motivate me to do more': Man who designed Rafale patches wanted to become IAF pilot

Saurav Chordia has designed patches for pilots who will fly Rafale fighter jets. The patches designed by him will feature on the overalls of Rafale pilots.
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5 Rafale jets land safely at UAE's Al Dhafra airbase, to arrive in India on July 29

The fighter aircraft were flagged off by the Indian Ambassador to France from an airbase in Merignac where he interacted with the IAF crew.
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Five IAF Rafales take off for India, to reach Ambala on July 29

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Ahead of the three twin-seat and two single-seat Rafales touching down at the Ambala airbase on July 29, IAF brass will brainstorm on the operational situation along the 3,488-km Line of Actual..
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Top IAF brass to meet to discuss China border situation, rapid Rafale deployment this week

The top commanders will meet this week for the two-days commanders' conference starting from July 22 where they will deliberate on a range of security issues, Indian Air Force officials told ANI.
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Amid the ongoing dispute with China over its aggression along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India is likely to get around six fully-loaded Rafale fighter aircraft by July-end fitted with the..
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