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During the transfer of Rafale fighters to India, they were refueled by UAE Air Force planes, Indian experts expressed bewilderment


The Indian Ministry of Defense confirms information about the arrival of another batch of Rafale fighters from France. The aircraft are delivered under a previously signed contract.

This is the fourth batch delivered to India from the combat aircraft manufacturing plant. There are three fighters in this batch.

It is reported that the three Rafale fighters took off from a French base in the city of Istres (southeast of the country). In both France and India, the emphasis is on the Rafali's non-stop flights. In the first case, during the transfer of aircraft from France to India, an intermediate airfield in the Middle East was used. Now the flight was carried out in a non-stop mode - with the implementation of refueling in the air. But this refueling also attracted special attention - primarily in India itself.

It was reportedly produced by tankers not from India or France. Indian air tankers could not do this for the reason that they are not yet technologically adapted to carry out the process of refueling in the air of French-made aircraft. So who, then, flew the Rafale fighters of the Indian Air Force?

As it turned out, at the request of the Indian command, air tankers of the United Arab Emirates Air Force were flying over the Middle East.

The command of the Indian Air Force thanked colleagues from the UAE Air Force for their support during the flight of fighters from Istra to a base in India.

In this regard, among Indian experts, bewilderment arose and questions arose. One of them reads as follows:

Why weren't our own air tankers first adapted in terms of technology?

It is also noted that if this does not happen in the near future, then the range of use of French-made fighters will be limited to "one ground refueling, which may not be enough for long-distance operations, for example, over the Indian Ocean."

In this case, it may turn out that the Rafale in the Indian Air Force will be used in "close patrol". To carry out patrols over the Indian Ocean, the Su-30MKI will continue to be used.

However, earlier in the Indian command and earlier they made it clear that they were purchasing French fighters not for long-range missions, but for "covering the most difficult sections of the border." These areas in New Delhi define the borders with Pakistan and China.

Rafale Indian Air Force:

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Air Force of India

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  1. knn54
    knn54 April 1 2021 17: 23
    - Why weren't our own air tankers first adapted in terms of technology?
    And this is already an option. The Indians will have to fork out extra money.
    1. Alex777
      Alex777 April 1 2021 19: 51
      Why weren't our own air tankers first adapted in terms of technology?

      Are the Indians finally beginning to suspect something? laughing
  2. Avior
    Avior April 1 2021 17: 34
    ... These areas in New Delhi define the borders with Pakistan and China.

    Do Indian experts think these sites are far away?
    1. Normal ok
      Normal ok April 1 2021 18: 53
      "Indian experts")) ??
      The problem is deeper. Here it has become the norm to quote unnamed "experts". It's a disease.
      PS, And the fact that it is logistically cheaper (after all, this is a business) was to use other people's tankers - such nonsense)) Spoons, as always, will be found. But, "the sediment will remain." That's what it is designed for.
  3. Thrifty
    Thrifty April 1 2021 17: 41
    Gold at the price of Rafali, and your analogous one according to the program "make in India" will be what at the price - minimum "palladium" ???
  4. Basarev
    Basarev April 1 2021 17: 50
    Indians are asking the right questions. Relevant, however, and for us. There are also very few rumors about the success of our flying tankers.
  5. Andobor
    Andobor April 1 2021 18: 05
    With the action of French fighters in Africa, whoever does not fuel them, both the Germans and the Americans,
    - that's why Africa was destroyed.
    1. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 April 3 2021 08: 31
      France in its former colonies in Black Africa enjoys much greater influence in comparison with the influence of Great Britain, Portugal, Belgium in their former colonies.
  6. orionvitt
    orionvitt April 1 2021 18: 19
    This is how the tambourine dances end. Instead of unifying weapons, as is done in normal countries, they bought expensive "devices" from all over the world, and now they are sincerely perplexed.
  7. Ryaruav
    Ryaruav April 1 2021 19: 29
    well, it's clear for a horse that it's cheaper than paying for the flight of his own tankers and the depreciation of his tankers
  8. Pavel57
    Pavel57 April 2 2021 09: 53
    "grenades of the wrong system."
  9. Oleg Kievlyanin
    Oleg Kievlyanin April 3 2021 00: 16
    You have to pay for everything