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France’s Rafale jets are frontrunner in race for Indian Navy contract
New Delhi: French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation’s Rafale-M has emerged as the frontrunner to bag a mega contract from the Indian Navy for 27 fighters, ThePrint has learnt, leaving behind US firm Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet.

Sources in the defence and security establishment said the Navy has submitted a detailed report to the defence ministry on performance of the Super Hornets and Rafale-M, which is the marine version of the fighter aircraft already in use with the Indian Air Force, during two sets of demonstration.

American firm Boeing and French manufacturer Dassault Aviation carried out operational demonstrations of the Super Hornets and Rafale-M respectively, showcasing ski-jumps — a crucial take-off capability — from the shore-based test facility at INS Hansa in Goa, to demonstrate their ability to operate from Indian aircraft carriers.

Refusing to get into details, sources said the report from the naval headquarters to the defence ministry mentions the “positives” only, and that Rafale-M met all criteria.

The report to the defence ministry has been sent after a detailed analysis by the naval headquarters on the performance by both aircraft. Those undertaking the tests had prepared a ‘trial report’ that was sent to the naval headquarters for detailed analysis on performance and shortlisting of aircraft.

Asked whether the lift size of India’s indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant would be an issue, sources said both aircraft had to be brought up and down at a certain angle. While the wings of Super Hornets fold — unlike the Rafale — these still had to be brought up and down at a certain angle. Both aircraft also have a separate process in which the wings fold.

The design and space of the lift size has been a problem because it is understood to have been made taking the MiG 29K and the naval version of the Tejas aircraft into consideration.

The Navy currently operates the Russian MiG 29K aircraft from INS Vikramaditya. But with the commissioning of INS Vikrant, the force has been seeking more fighter jets.

The new contract is meant to be an interim arrangement because the Navy is betting on its indigenous fighter. Navy Chief Admiral Hari Kumar had Saturday said the future of Indian naval aviation was the indigenous Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF), whose prototype is expected by 2026-27 and production to start somewhere around 2032.

He also said that the existing naval fighter, MiG 29K, were in limited numbers and Russian spare supplies were “also not very forthcoming”.

Fighters for IAF
Sources said the ball now was in the court of the defence ministry that will decide on the next course of action. They added that the contract is likely to be a government-to-government deal just like the earlier order for IAF’s Rafale jets.

It is learnt that the French have offered to transfer some aircraft from its own naval fleet to ensure that the Indian Navy can operate them faster. However, all fighters are likely to be bought off-the-shelf.

Sources explained that the forward movement by the Indian Navy would mean that the proposal for more Rafale jets for the IAF is also likely to gather speed. This is because it would make for a more prudent financial decision to have more numbers of aircraft, thereby bringing down on costs.

As reported by ThePrint earlier, the government is thinking of splitting the mega deal for 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) for IAF. Instead of acquiring 114 fighters in one go, as was planned earlier, the government is looking at going in for an initial order of 54 aircraft for the IAF.

This would entail 18 aircraft being bought off-the-shelf from the foreign Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and 36 built in India through a joint venture under Make In India.

This would be an order that will be placed with the foreign OEM directly. A follow-on order will be placed to the joint venture and this deal would be in Indian currency.
 

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Strange.... Now that the Indian Navy seems more evident and maybe a new one for IAF, this book :
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Aaaahhhh, the two author names.
They are leftist, they are journalist and they do " investigative journalism"
Rest Monsieur bonplan , you are wise to under yourself.
 

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Strange.... Now that the Indian Navy seems more evident and maybe a new one for IAF, this book :
View attachment 186082
Aaaahhhh, the two author names.
They are leftist, they are journalist and they do " investigative journalism"
Rest Monsieur bonplan , you are wise to under yourself.
Yeah, we had a lot of news articles bemoaning various issues when there was a process of acquisition for new Croatian fighters.

Sure, I could agree that Rafale was an overkill for Croatia... but when you combined everything, conclusion seemed to be that Croatia shouldn't be buying any fighters at all.
 

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Strange.... Now that the Indian Navy seems more evident and maybe a new one for IAF, this book :
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This Book was Launched a Few days ago By ALL Anti Modi So Called Intellectuals

Congress Party, failed miserably to make this Rafale Deal ,into An elections issue
So they have taken the help of these intellectuals

If you have the Time AND Inclination
Watch this Video

It is Full of Lies , Just a Desperate attempt to sell a stupid book

 

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This is official SPECTRA make active cancellation :
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Digital jammer Other improvements introduced as part of Standard F4.2 will cover the Front Sector Optronics, the radar, the Talios targeting pod and, even more importantly, the Spectra self-defence/electronic warfare suite. Keeping ahead of the threat at a time when hostile air-defence systems are making rapid progress is a key priority for French decision makers, hence the effort made to improve further again the Spectra suite. And the changes are significant. “Currently, Spectra has a radar warning receiver to detect the threats and a jammer to neutralise them,” said General Reboul. “With the entry into service on the Standard F4.2 of the autonomous digital jammer, the whole logic of the suite will change as the jammer itself will also become capable of detecting hostile emitters in addition to the aforementioned radar warning receiver. “This is a huge step forward as Spectra will become more reactive and more efficient. It will also be able to neutralise a larger number of threats simultaneously.”
The INCAS (Introduction de Nouvelles Capacités Spectra, introduction of new capabilities for Spectra) research programme had allowed new technologies to be tested for this new autonomous digital jammer. Although not part of F4, but still in the electronic warfare domain, the development of the Leurres Électroniques Actifs (LEA, active electronic decoys) is progressing well. Guilhem Reboul insisted “that the concept was truly promising. These LEAs will be ejected from modified Spirale chaff dispensers. They are a sort of small jammers conceived to seduce missiles away from the Rafale. They generate a signature that will prove more attractive to the missiles’ seekers than the aircraft itself.”
 

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