SOURCE: IDRW.ORG TEAM
In a significant move earlier this year, the Indian government announced its choice of the Navy Rafale to bolster the Indian Navy’s naval air capabilities. The acquisition of these state-of-the-art fighters reflects India’s commitment to enhancing its air and naval superiority.
The Indian Navy’s procurement of 26 Rafale aircraft will complement the 36 Rafale already in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF). These aircraft have proven highly effective, earning the satisfaction of the IAF and solidifying India’s position as the first country, outside of France, to operate both variants of the Rafale. This strategic decision is aimed at strengthening India’s aerial and maritime dominance and safeguarding its sovereignty.
One notable aspect of this acquisition is the Indian Navy’s intention to equip the 26 Rafale M aircraft with Indian-made weapon systems. This reflects India’s dedication to enhancing its indigenous defense capabilities. Among the weapon systems planned for integration is the Astra Mk1 Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). The Astra missile is also slated for use on the Mig-29K, further emphasizing the navy’s commitment to modernizing its aerial arsenal.
In addition to the Astra missile, the Indian Navy is exploring the integration of other potent weapon systems like the BrahMos-NG, Rudram-1, and Rudram-2. These systems will provide the Rafale M aircraft with a formidable array of firepower, making them a force to be reckoned with in both aerial and maritime engagements.
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