The Indian Air Force revealed the secret of the letters RB in the tail of the fighter Rafale, transmitted by France

The Indian Air Force revealed the secret of the letters RB in the tail of the fighter Rafale, transmitted by France

The Indian military command announces new agreed delivery dates for French Rafale fighters. The initial dates were postponed due to known events of an epidemic nature.


The Indian Ministry of Defense says that the country will receive the first batch of four Rafal fighters before the end of July.

They will be sent to the base of the Indian Air Force Ambala.

From a report from the Indian Ministry of Defense:

The rear parts of these aircraft are marked with letters - the RB series.

Journalists asked what this series means.

As an answer to the question, the secret of these letters was revealed on the tails of the French fighters of the Indian Air Force:

They correspond to the initials of the Air Force Commander-in-Chief, Chief Marshal aviation Rakesh Bhadauria, who played a key role in signing a contract with a French fighter manufacturer.

In general, India plans to receive 36 such aircraft from France.

The first "Rafali" will be piloted by pilots of the 17th squadron, which is called Golden Arrow ("Golden Arrow"), as well as by pilots of the French Air Force. It is planned that fighters should get from France to India with their “flight”. During the flight, they will be refueled by the French Air Force air tanker, make a stop at one of the airfields of the Middle East. It is not yet said which one. Next, the airplanes in the air will go through another refueling. It will be carried out by the Il-78 of the Indian Air Force, the equipment of which is already adapted for the Rafale fuel receiver.

In France:

By and large, planes could have arrived in India even without using an intermediate airfield, but for pilots a 10-hour flight may be too tedious.
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  1. evgenii67 15 May 2020 14: 21 New
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    Republic of Belarus. Imagine that the initials of the commander-in-chief of the VKS will be applied to us? Sergei Vladimirovich Surovikin - SHS, but what sounds., But SS does not sound very much. Oh, these Indians.
    1. Sky strike fighter 15 May 2020 14: 38 New
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      The French thanked the one who was given the claw and thanks to whom they sold 36 Rafal fighters to India.
      They correspond to the initials of the Air Force Commander-in-Chief, Chief Air Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria, who played a key role in signing the contract with the French fighter manufacturer.

      In general, India plans to receive 36 such aircraft from France.

      In our country, this is in principle impossible and Glory to God.
      1. Souchastnik 15 May 2020 14: 59 New
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        Do not rejoice. Everything is possible with us!
        1. Gato 15 May 2020 15: 15 New
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          Well, yes, the T-90 tank is not called "Vladimir"? Of course, in honor of V.I. Potkin ... But we know that ..
      2. avg
        avg 15 May 2020 15: 31 New
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        Quote: Sky Strike fighter
        They correspond to the initials of the Air Force Commander-in-Chief, Chief Air Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria, who played a key role in signing the contract with the French fighter manufacturer.

        Wow, how interesting, but I thought: "Rub the Salvage!" Somehow this is more suitable for this contract. wink
  2. Ax Matt 15 May 2020 14: 23 New
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    "10 hour" flight? belay This is at what speed will they fly? Or through Africa or what? And how do our people fly from Amur to Kaliningrad with one refueling?
    1. Carnifexx 15 May 2020 14: 32 New
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      Flying with afterburner consumes fuel significantly faster.
      And how do our people fly from Amur to Kaliningrad with one refueling?
      Su-30MKI refueling twice at 8000km. And this Frenchman has one of the largest flight range indicators.
      1. Ax Matt 15 May 2020 15: 27 New
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        Well, what does the afterburner have to do with it? Actually, I’m in the know ... They go on cruising routes like this.
    2. nks
      nks 15 May 2020 15: 26 New
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      There, only in a straight line> 7000km. Normal cruising speed 800-900km / h
      Quote: Ax Matt
      And how do our people fly from Amur to Kaliningrad with one refueling?

      Do not fly with one refueling - do not invent.
  3. Vladimir_2U 15 May 2020 14: 32 New
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    Golden Arrow ("Golden Arrow")
    Soft, impractical, but very ponto.
  4. knn54 15 May 2020 14: 49 New
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    FULL NAME.
    What is it?
    Full Name.
    .
    Do not understand.
    Khvostikova Ulyana Yakovlevna.
    1. Grandfather 15 May 2020 18: 08 New
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      Quote: knn54
      Rafale fighters,

      Settlement on Ulyana! good
  5. Free wind 15 May 2020 15: 03 New
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    India is certainly an interesting country, stuck in this caste, they cannot be pulled out by elephants from there. Half of the country lives in that they wash each other underpants, loincloths, Untouchables, you can’t touch anything.
  6. FIR FIR 15 May 2020 15: 18 New
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    A large state, a huge, intelligent population, tangible natural resources and all ...
    developing country. Some half measures, corruption and tyagomotina. And it could have been a superpower, steeper than China, in all respects.
  7. APASUS 15 May 2020 15: 20 New
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    I just envy the French. This is what needs to be done so that Rafale would buy twice as expensive as the F-35?
    1. Ax Matt 15 May 2020 15: 31 New
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      Most likely, everything that “from above” will be returned to this RB itself ... wassat Then soon it will be possible to read about three prices ...
  8. alone 15 May 2020 15: 23 New
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    Given the high accident rate in the Indian Air Force, I think in the future the French will have good anti-advertising
  9. radiootdel4 15 May 2020 15: 46 New
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    Well stupid (Zadornov). Judging by the price of this rafal, Rakesh not only received an unreasonable rollback, but also "a monument to himself was not erected by himself ..."
  10. igorra 15 May 2020 19: 55 New
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    The sickly autograph of the marshal at the cost of 200 million bucks, and even 36 times in a row, turned out.