- Mar 24, 2009
I have a question from whom will we lease Rafale M? French Navy has 44 and our requirement of approximately 36. Also French Navy Rafale M are designed to be operated using catapult. French Air-force has about 108 but I don't see them leasing. Infact I don't see any country leasing their state of art asset.Rafale M lease possible Indian navy
Apart from Dassault Aviation I don't think anyone will lease their aircraft and even Dassault Aviation will have to manufacture new aircraft for leasing, so the cost of leasing will be exorbitant.
To operate on our carrier the aircraft needs to be modified to operate using ski-jump. What will happen to aircraft after lease period is over? Modification for Ski-Jump will have to be removed before selling the aircraft to someone else (provided they have a buyer for second hand heavily modified aircraft).
Finally, I feel such videos are to be viewed Infotainment as not much taught is given in their reporting.
As far as leasing option goes F-18 has a better chance of leasing as USN has several aircraft in reserve.