Rafale and Su-30MKI together will be potent combo, says IAF Vice-Chief Air Marshall Bhaduria
The combination of the Sukhoi Su-30MKIs and the Rafale combat jets would be very lethal. The combination would not allow Pakistan to even dare to come near the Line of Control (LoC), a top Indian Air Force (IAF) officer said on Thursday.
"Once the Su-30MKI and the Rafale start operating together, it will be a potent combination against our adversaries, be it Pakistan or anybody else. Any adversary would be worried about such a combination," Air Force Vice-Chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria said in New Delhi.
RKS Bhadauria said that the planes would join the Indian Air Force starting September this year in France while they would get inducted in India by May next year.
RKS Bhadauria said that the Indian Air Force and French Air Force pilots have learnt a great lot from each other during an exercise.
"As we would be operating the planes together in future, we have also learnt how the two aircraft operated together would provide us a lethal capability in days to come," RKS Bhadauria said.
"We will have long range advanced capability along with the advanced technology. The attrition rate that will be inflicted upon the Pakistanis would be very very high," RKS Bhadauria said.
Thirty-six of the Rafale jets, more advanced than what the French operates, will be joining the Indian Air Force.
The 36 aircraft will be a part of two IAF Squadron, the first of which is the Golden Arrows'17 Squadron.
INDIAN AIR FORCE AND FRENCH AIR FORCE
The Indian Air Force and French Air Force are participating in a bilateral air exercise Garuda VI at Mont de Marsan in France.
#ExGaruda2019: The 1st phase of the exercise concluded with integration & basic combat missions & 2nd phase commenced with Large Force Engagements (LFE).Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) July 10, 2019
IAF & FAF crew are undertaking LFE combat training missions, flying together in mixed formations. pic.twitter.com/3tBWOhGzAc
The exercise, which started from July 1, saw the most potent fighter aircraft of the two countries going head-to-head to validate the latest defence strategies and fine-tune their waging capabilities and is expected to showcase fighter jets like Rafale, Mirage 2000, Sukhoi 30 from the two sides.
While the Indian Air Force contingent comprises of 120 air-warriors and four Sukhoi 30 MKI along with an IL-78 flight refuelling aircraft, French Air Force units has the likes of Rafale, Alpha Jet, Mirage 2000, C135, E3F, C130, and Casa.
The IAF's front line fighter Sukhoi Su-30MKI will take on the Rafale multi-role jets of the French Air Force.
The exercise will also give a chance to the Indian Air Force to assess the capabilities of their aircraft against the Rafale jets which will join the Indian forces in the next few months.
The exercise will take place in the presence of over 150 IAF officers and airmen.