The main confusion doesn't came from this rafale but from have the currect number of rafale at 24 + 7 (formation) or 24 including 7 (formation). In the last case only 5 are to be deliver before the end of the year.Again this confusion about numbers. Did we have 20 or 21 with the last lot of 3?
Indian Rafales do not come with an IRST yet. Its a dummy for now. There is a new IRST in development in France which will be added to the planes later on, both in French and Indian service. Probably as part of F4 upgrade. Older Rafales did come with an IRST but newer ones do not.If I remember well Indian Rafale are (or will be) fitted with a new IRST.
It's not impossible it is not ready so far and is replaced by a mock up nowadays the time the brand new one is on production.... just an hypothesis.
Good this complicates things massively for chinkies in South china sea. They don't have enough j20 to deploy against usa Japan's India and now Indonesia.Imminent announcement for Indonesia:
"The contract for the Rafale acquisition (36 to 40 ?) is awaiting a (Indonesian) presidential decree, which will allow for the replenishment of Ministry of Defense budget lines to finance the purchase."
Le contrat portant sur l'acquisition de Rafale attend un décret présidentiel, qui permettra d'abonder des lignes budgétaires du ministère de la Défense pour financer cet achat.www.latribune.fr
Rafale export has picked steam. 54 Egypt +24 qatar + 36 India + 12 Greece + 40 IndonesiaIndonesia seems very near a formal purchase of nearly 40 Rafale (the official Dassault information, in december, was for different deals between 24 and 48)
The defense minister would have inked the deal. Now we wait the President signature to engage the funds.
You forget :Rafale export has picked steam. 54 Egypt +24 qatar + 36 India + 12 Greece + 40 Indonesia
Almost 150 + rafale to be exported . Very good.
Yet a far cry from mirage 2000 figures. 600+ mirage 2000s were build Rafale will be lucky to cross 400 mark.