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Rafale fighters not deployed to Ladakh region: criticism of the government's decision is voiced in India


It has been about three weeks since the first five Rafale fighters arrived from France to India. Even while the French fighters were in the air in India, there were statements that the planes within the next (at that time) week could be sent to a high-altitude airfield in the Ladakh region - to the border with China.

Recall that it was in Ladakh that a clash took place between the Indian and Chinese military.

The Indian Air Force then said that the transfer of Rafale to Ladakh "would lead to a radical change in the balance of power with China in the air."

However, even after almost three weeks, the Indian Air Force Rafale fighters transferred from France remain at the main base airfield - Ambala. This is about five hundred kilometers from the section of the border where the collision occurred.

The Indian authorities decided not to escalate the situation. And the distance of 500-600 km can be considered an Indian signal that they do not intend to militarize the territory near the Chinese border in New Delhi, but at the same time, fighters can overcome this distance quite quickly.

However, in the camp of Indian "hawks" (persons who oppose good neighborly relations with the same China) criticism is voiced as to why Rafale fighters are not located at airfields in the immediate vicinity of the border. It is said that with the current deployment of fighters purchased from France, they are becoming "useless."

Meanwhile, the publication ORF (Observer Research Foundation) published material of the columnist Samir Saran, who writes that after the initial euphoria from the arrival of the Rafale party in India, some sobering could come.

From the article:

The country, which intended to buy 126 aircraft, was able to get only five. History with "Raphael" demonstrates the regrettable (in) capacity of the Indian state - its tight budgetary constraints; bureaucracy; his party politics, which are often ranked above national security.
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  1. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 17 August 2020 10: 25
    after the initial euphoria of the arrival of the Rafale party in India, some sobering might ensue.
    Well, just like in V. Shukshin's story "And in the morning they woke up". Today I am ashamed of what I did yesterday, and all the damned vodka (tight budget restrictions; bureaucracy; his party politics).
  2. Livonetc
    Livonetc 17 August 2020 10: 33
    A strange euphoria.
    Although, somehow it was necessary to justify the highest budget of the transaction.
    And the rest is quite understandable.
    Modern kickbacks are being taken forward.
    First a rollback, then a deal.
    The rollback is received, the lobbyists are now not interested.
    They do not care how the government and the Ministry of Defense get out.
    Well, adequate officials and the military are well aware that in the confrontation with China, Rafali is not decisive.
    1. Mountain shooter
      Mountain shooter 17 August 2020 10: 41
      Quote: Livonetc
      Well, adequate officials and the military are well aware that in the confrontation with China, Rafali is not decisive.

      Absolutely to the point. This is exactly how the next dance step should be understood!
  3. iouris
    iouris 17 August 2020 11: 35
    They threw it over and ... nothing. It is still necessary to master the new technology, to take tests, to conduct large exercises with combat use in difficult conditions. This is one calendar year, at least (subject to sufficient funding).
  4. smart fellow
    smart fellow 17 August 2020 12: 02
    Experts suggest placing planes at artillery strike range?
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 17 August 2020 12: 13
      And in general, it's a pity to start new planes right away ...
  5. Herman 4223
    Herman 4223 17 August 2020 12: 27
    Why keep them next to China, they can be shot down there.
  6. Fmax
    Fmax 18 August 2020 11: 05
    Hindus are cranks in M. As early as 8, they could have invested in our 35th and have all the necessary 126 aircraft, as well as a promising replacement for the old 29k. But they need Rafal more than%)