- Mar 22, 2019
1. No, that is not an Indian Rafale.
2. AFAIK, the flightsphere tab is not yet operational....even on french rafales (or does anyone have any update for me on that)...it was in testing....
3. Why do you say "messing with the platform"......its not messing with the platform its just adding new weapons to a versatile (purposely made so) aircraft...
Weapons and systems can be integrated properly and successfully and sometimes not. I’m all for integrating proven systems like new helmets or navigation and communications, that require minimal modifying but beyond that it’s playing with fire unless you are willing to dump large amounts of money and time to work with French, Israeli and Indian engineers to get everything integrated properly.
I’m not talking about aircraft but I have integrated enough ‘high quality’ aftermarket parts onto vehicles and various electronics over the years to know that even high end specific designed components fail and at times interfere with electric control units to cause erratic behaviors. Like I said I’m not against integrating some systems that enhance a platform but the Rafale is very good aircraft from the start, apart from maybe upgrading helmets and data-link I don’t know how wise it would be to do more. I’m obviously not anyone special, I don’t fully understand the Rafale’s capabilities and weaknesses, this is something only the Indians and French know. I’m only sharing my opinions and thoughts. The Rafale is a proven platform, the French have made upgrades over the years and the French have undoubtedly shared their experiences with India. My opinion is to train and plan around a platform instead of trying to get the platform to fit.
But again these are just opinions.