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Indian air forces prepare bases for Rafale fighter jets

The government of India approved the allocation of 2,2 billion rupees (33,6 million dollars) to equip the infrastructure at the Air Force base in the north of the country to accommodate the first of two squadrons of Rafale fighter jets ordered in France.

As reported by Jane's Defense Weekly, citing official sources, the Air Force plans to build shelters for aircraft, hangars, as well as service workshops based on Ambala (218 km north of New Delhi) for aircraft, the first of which should arrive in September 2019 of the year.

Indian air forces prepare bases for Rafale fighter jets

Ambala, located in 200 km from the Pakistani border, is the best place to accommodate Rafale, since fighters from this base can quickly carry out interception of potentially dangerous planes of Pakistan Air Force.

Currently, two squadrons of the Jaguar aircraft and one squadron of MiG-21 fighters are stationed at the base.

The Indian Air Force is also upgrading the Hashimara base in eastern India for the second squadron of Rafale, which will cover the border with China.

It is planned that both bases will be equipped with simulators for training pilots of Rafale fighters (now a group of pilots of the Indian Air Force in 10 is being trained at the Dassault facility in France).

The supply contract for the Indian Air Force 36 fighter jets “Rafale” was signed with Dassault Aviation in September 2016. The cost of the agreement is estimated at 7,87 billion dollars (8,82 billion dollars). From 36 airplanes, made in the appropriate configuration of the Indian Air Force configuration, 28 units will be delivered in single version and 8 units. - in double.

Deliveries of "Rafale" should begin in September 2019, and will be fully completed by the middle of 2022, transmits TSAMTO.
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  1. Herculesic
    Herculesic 19 October 2017 15: 09
    I advise the French to stock up on Valerian and nerves - the Hindus will still show themselves, but these are trifles, most importantly, the French will understand the meaning of the Russian proverb "contacted on your own head!"
    1. Kasym
      Kasym 19 October 2017 15: 20
      It is necessary to use this purchase of Indians for their own purposes. wink Well, you understand what it is about. Too much the French advertised Rafal - so let's look at his possibilities really.
      1. Incvizitor
        Incvizitor 19 October 2017 21: 14
        We must sell air defense to Pakistan in response good
    2. san4es
      san4es 19 October 2017 15: 24
      Quote: Herkulesich
      I advise the French to stock up on valerian and nerves - Hindus themselves still oh as they show

      ... these may bully

      1. Kasym
        Kasym 19 October 2017 16: 20
        Indian pilots have one of the largest raids in the world. 300-350 hours a year. So in vain you are so. They beat in training battles almost all the main NATO troops. Yankees, English, French for sure. hi
    3. Young_Communist
      Young_Communist 19 October 2017 16: 29
      Quote: Herkulesich
      the French will understand the meaning of the Russian proverb "contacted on your own head!"

      I think that Rosoboronexport would have given a lot to contact the Indians themselves instead of the French, but the grapes turned green ...
  2. stas
    stas 19 October 2017 15: 09
    By the middle of the 2022 year, much will change and what planes will be at this Indian air base is still a big question.
  3. Ingvar0401
    Ingvar0401 19 October 2017 15: 10
    It’s sad that we didn’t buy our planes. The amount is not small ...
    1. Kasym
      Kasym 19 October 2017 15: 30
      Spare parts and weapons are not suitable, so you have to buy everything to Rafal. From any situation it is necessary to squeeze out the maximum useful. Surely, the MiG-35 and other fighters will experience it in training battles. They (in the West) do not like to exhibit their planes in Uch. battles with Russian, but with Indians easily. Why, I just can’t understand ?! Maybe they think that Indian Su and MiG are worse in terms of performance characteristics? hi
      After the delivery of Rafal, we will follow the announcement of the growth of ind.-ind. Air Force exercises. laughing
      1. jjj
        jjj 19 October 2017 16: 08
        The French vparivayut to whom boats, to whom fighters. Already more dodgy Israel became
        1. Kasym
          Kasym 19 October 2017 16: 26
          They are the founders of NATO, but left in the sixties, and therefore developed their military-industrial complex. If memory serves, then only in 2009 they returned, under Sarkozy. hi
      2. Sharansky
        Sharansky 20 October 2017 11: 35
        Quote: Kasym
        They (in the West) do not like to exhibit their planes in Uch. battles with Russian, but with Indians easily. Why, I just can’t understand ?!

        Because India is a military ally of the United States. Accordingly, they can conduct aerial combat as part of a joint exercise.
        1. Kasym
          Kasym 20 October 2017 16: 04
          But something is not visible to the Indians in the American coalition. hi
          1. Sharansky
            Sharansky 21 October 2017 12: 11
            And what does that change?
            1. Kasym
              Kasym 21 October 2017 23: 11
              What not American puppets. He will not act and fight against the Russian Federation.
              1. Sharansky
                Sharansky 22 October 2017 03: 09
                Who will not?
                1. Kasym
                  Kasym 23 October 2017 21: 42
                  It's about India of course. hi
                  1. Sharansky
                    Sharansky 23 October 2017 23: 31
                    At a minimum, India opened its bases for the US military, did not recognize Crimea, gradually refuses to continue the purchase of weapons from the Russian Federation, imposed protective duties against some Russian goods.
                    But what does all this have to do with fighter training battles?
                    1. Kasym
                      Kasym 24 October 2017 01: 42
                      No one in India will lease nuclear submarines, no one will sell key technologies. For example, Bramos. They have the basis of Sukhoi Voisk and the Air Force whose roots are? And which tanks were they going to upgrade with airplanes, and air defense? 36 Rafaley against such a background ...
                      Another thing is that the Indians want to get Western technology. Catapults on an aircraft carrier, electronics, engines, etc. - they have successfully implemented the "made in India" program. And that is their right.
                      And naturally, they want to cooperate (like the Russian Federation and many other countries) with the West. The main thing is to equal. Without any "Western values", etc. .. If the West decently behaves with India, it can serve as a lesson to them, how to talk with others according to the international. right.
                      And naturally, the Indians will seize the chance when he has strained with sworn friends-neighbors, as a guarantee of his independence. And why should the Indians due to political tension with the Russian Federation take sides. Now, if it starts hard, then the matter is different. For them, the existence of the Russian Federation as it is now will be a matter of survival for themselves. Since this is so with the Russians, then why not with India, which has enemies around the perimeter .... not? Moreover, the Russian Federation is the main mediator with its neighbors, and the main guarantor of security, judging by the weapons in the army. hi
  4. TiRex
    TiRex 19 October 2017 19: 14
    And how many yelling at VO was after the Mistral when India suspended the contract for rafals. How many pathos. "yes they were punished !!!" . Rave. ours once again failed. and in order to maintain the balance and to support the defense industry with orders, they even would not secretly climb out of the neck of the owls, for example, s-400 with a hypothetical discussion of sales in the near future s-500 (China)
  5. Machete
    Machete 19 October 2017 21: 00
    They have "bad" DRY constantly falling.
    They want Rafali. And what will they do when they begin to crumble?
    And they can begin to crumble even earlier than ours. Ours will be more durable in terms of poor service.
  6. Incvizitor
    Incvizitor 19 October 2017 21: 13
    Currently, two squadrons of the Jaguar aircraft and one squadron of MiG-21 fighters are stationed at the base.

    As if they were buying all this vinaigrette for show-offs, they say we have everything at once! good