By the end of 2021, France will have delivered 35 Rafales, with a single fighter joining in January 2022.

Indian Rafale

Indian Rafale

 By the end of 2021, France will have supplied 35 omni-role Rafale jets to India, with the final fighter performing a flight today to the Hasimara air station in north Bengal in January 2022. 26  fighters already have been supplied, with 24 landing in India and two staying in France for IAF pilot and technician instruction. 

The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy have expressed keen interest in the Rafale platform because of its strength ratio and maritime attack potential, as well as the stability of strategic ally France.The IAF is reportedly planning to buy further 36 Rafales in the future, while the Navy is considering the Rafale-M as a weapon option for the INS Vikrant (Indigenous aircraft carrier-1) when it is completed this year or next.

Rafale's introduction into the west and east theatres has significantly increased India's warfighting capabilities, since the French fighter is equipped with the subcontinent's longest-range air-to-air Meteor missile, Hammer air-to-ground smart munition, and long-range SCALP air-to-ground weapon. The Hammer missile, which India purchased as part of an urgency buy, can be launched from a height of 500 feet and achieve a maximum target over 70 kilometres distant.

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