Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh, who handed away two weeks in the past, was the primary commander of the Ambala base in impartial India.
A number of groups from French defence main Dassault Aviation, the producer of Rafale, have already visited the Ambala air pressure base and finalised the requirement for the primary squadron of fight jets.The IAF can be finishing up infrastructure improve at its Hasimara base in West Bengal which is able to home the second squadron of the Rafale jets, the official mentioned.
In September final yr, India had signed a Euro 7.87 billion (approx Rs 59,000 crore) cope with the French authorities for buy of 36 Rafale fighter jets. Eighteen Rafale jets shall be deployed in Ambala whereas an equal variety of the brand new technology jet shall be stationed in Hasimara.
“We’re planning to place in place all required infrastructure for Rafale squadron by finish of subsequent yr,” mentioned the IAF official.
The Ambala in addition to Hasimara stations may even have simulator-based coaching amenities for the air crew of Rafale jets. The IAF has already chosen a batch of pilots to fly the jets and they’re being given coaching by Dassault Aviation in France.
The Rafale fight jets will include numerous India particular modifications together with Israeli helmet mounted shows, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10 hour flight information recording and infra-red search and monitoring techniques amongst others.
Its integration on the Rafale jets will imply IAF can hit targets inside each Pakistan and throughout the northern and jap borders whereas staying inside India’s territorial boundary.