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Can the Rafale give India the Technological Flying Combat Edge ?

36 Rafale fighters for Rs 59,000 crore (7.87 billion euro) as per deal inked with France on Sept 23, 2016. Will these Jets provide the necessary technological combat edge to India against a numerically superior China ?

Squadron to be based at West Bengal ::
First Rafale to come by Nov 2019. All 36 fighters by 2022. First squadron of Rafales to be based at Hasimar close to China.

Capabilities ::
4.5 Gen omni-role fighter
Can simultaneously perform both air defence & ground attack missions
Can deliver nuclear weapons
Combat range from 780km to over 1,500km depending on mission

Powerful! ::
Can carry 9.3-tonne of weapons

Firepower ::
150km beyondvisual range Meteor air-to-air missiles.
70km range MICA air-to-air missile.
300km Scalp air-to-ground cruise missile.


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