The 5 assets of the Rafale against the Super Hornet for Indian naval aviation

The Rafale M1, the first aircraft in the program for French naval aviation, is today at the heart of attention for Dassault Aviation and the entire Team Rafale. Indeed, it is this aircraft which was sent on January 6 to the Indian naval air base in Goa to demonstrate its ability to be operated from a Ski-Jump type platform, and not of an aircraft carrier equipped with catapults. These tests, the first of which took place this morning and took place nominally, will last until the beginning of February and will make it possible to validate not only the capacity of…

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What are the consequences of Pakistan's acquisition of 25 Chinese J-10CE fighters?

It has been 13 years, since 2008, that the Pakistani authorities have been studying the possibility of acquiring a fleet of single-engine J-10 fighters from Beijing, and many rumors have announced the order as imminent on several occasions. It is now done, since they have confirmed having signed a contract to acquire 25 J-10CE, export version of the J-10C in service within the air forces of the People's Liberation Army, in order to equip two squadrons of 12 aircraft. If the amount of the contract is not mentioned, its calendar seems particularly short, since it is a question of presenting the new device during the celebrations of the day of the Republic,…

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The Rafale M in a good position to equip the Indian Navy

From January 6, 2022, a French Navy Rafale M will carry out qualification tests for the use of a Ski Jump, as part of the competition against the F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet to equip the aircraft carriers of the Indian Navy. These tests, which will take place within the Goa naval air base where the Ski Jump platform is located where the Indian Tejas was tested, will be followed, in February, by similar tests concerning the American Super Hornet, even if it had already demonstrated its ability to take in the air from this type of installation...

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Safran and Rolls-Royce face to face to power the new generation AMCA Indian fighter

Launched in 2010, the new generation Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft or AMCA medium fighter program undoubtedly has many ambitions in New Delhi and the entire Indian military aeronautical industry. The first prototype is expected for 2024, and industrial production, if the current schedule were to be respected, plans to enter service for the end of the decade, in order to take over from the older Su-30 MKIs. If HAL and the entire Indian industry now have the necessary skills to develop the cell, the flight controls or the avionics and weapon systems of the aircraft, there remains…

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Dassault will test the Rafale on Ski Jump to convince the Indian Navy

Dassault Aviation and Boeing have been competing in India for several years now as part of a contract to supply Indian naval air forces with 57 carrier-based fighters capable of simultaneously equipping the Indian Navy's sky jump-equipped aircraft carriers, and its future aircraft carrier which will be equipped with catapults. In this case, the French group enjoys several advantages, mainly related to the order for 36 Rafales placed in 2017 by Narendra Modi, and which provided, among other things, for the construction of a maintenance platform capable of maintaining a fleet of more than 150 combat aircraft. But there is one area where…

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Pakistan reportedly ordered 36 J-10C fighters from Beijing

Definitely, the entry into service of the first Indian Rafales continues to provoke notable reactions at the country's borders. After the reinforcement of the Chinese defensive system near the Ladakh and Doklam plateaus, and a press campaign bordering on the ridiculous to present the superiority of Chinese planes against the new Indian machine, it is Pakistan's turn to respond, again through Beijing. Indeed, according to many Pakistani Defense-oriented information sites, the country has formalized an order for 36 J-10C single-jet fighters to replace its venerable Mirage III in attack missions, and above all…

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Chinese Air Force Strengthens Positions Against India

While the unarmed clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers on the Ladakh plateau in June 2020, which resulted in the death of several dozen soldiers from both sides, did not lead to a massive military escalation between the two countries, it did bring Beijing like New Delhi to review the deployment of their forces in this highly strategic region on the borders of the Himalayas. On both sides, many heavy military forces have been deployed near this area of ​​tension, so as to be able to respond, if necessary, to an aggression in a short time. Thus, numerous observations made it possible to establish that the People's Liberation Army there…

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India negotiates the lease of an A330 MRTT refueling aircraft with France

Since deliveries of Rafale aircraft to India began, the aircraft assembled in Merignac have systematically made the trip by air accompanied by an Air Force A330 MRTT Phoenix tanker aircraft. The objective for Paris was twofold. On the one hand, allow long-distance delivery by reducing the number of stopovers to a minimum, and thus show the potential and reliability of the French fighter both to the authorities and to Indian public opinion, which moreover took unfeigned enthusiasm for the Rafale since the first delivery. On the other hand, it was a question of showing the Indian authorities as well as the Indian Air Force, the performance of the Rafale-A330 pair…

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The French proposal for 6 used A330 MRTT seduces the Indian authorities

Has France discovered the Holy Grail of selling weapons systems? Be that as it may, after Greece and Croatia, Paris has once again taken the initiative to offer recent and modernized second-hand devices, with a very attractive price, in an attempt to establish itself on a strategic market towards India. This time it is about 6 A330 refueling aircraft having 5 to 7 years of service, to transform them into refueling version in flight multi-mission MRTT Phoenix, like those which come into service today within the French air forces. According to Hindustantimes.com, citing statements from officials and the military, this offer…

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Rafale's next delivery to India will also be an event

The delivery of the first 5 Rafale aircraft to the Indian Air Force, in July 2020, had a resounding media and popular success, to the point of representing a real national event in India. The next delivery of 3 additional devices, which will take place on November 4, could also arouse a lot of interest. In fact, in addition to the decisive role that the new aircraft is called upon to play in deterrence and in the air force of the Indian Air Force while tensions with Pakistan and China continue to grow, this delivery will be in it -even spectacular, since the 3 fighter planes will make the journey between…

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