Rafale to give Indian Air Force supremacy over Pakistan's F-16

Ahead of India and France signing the Rafale deal, F 16 fighter aircraft's flew over skies of Islamabad, reported Pakistan media

Rafale to give Indian Air Force supremacy over Pakistan

French fighter jets Rafale will help the Indian Air force to have an edge over F-16 of Pakistan. It would be a potent force-multiplier for IAF, apart from ability to carry nuclear weapons.

The deal has been signed by Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in New Delhi.

Indian officials are jubilant about the deal. "Rafale is a very potent fighter that will add to the IAF's airpower and deep-strike capabilities," said Parrikar, while Le Drian said, "The Rafale is really the best fighter jet in the world. It is an omni-role aircraft capable of all kinds of missions."

Indian officials, didn't hide the fact that Rafale could be used as a "strategic platform," said sources.

The manufacturer of Rafale, Dassault Aviation's CEO Eric Trappier said, it is much more superior than US made F-35 fifth-generation fighter since Rafale is at least "a generation ahead" of the F-16.

The aircraft costs around Rs 700 crore per piece. But its unit cost will shoot upto Rs 1,640 crore given all other costs like a crucial weapons package, spare parts and expenses to make ready 75% fleet and "performance-based logistics support" for next five years.

Sources said Rafale can perform under Indian conditions like "cold start at high-altitude regions like Leh" and can mount Israeli helmet-mounted displays, advanced missile warning and synthetic aperture radars.

Meanwhile, Pakistani media reported that Pakistan flew F-16 fighter aircraft's over Islamabad on September 22 as tensions between India and Pakistan escalated.

GEO TV journalist Hamid Mir posted images of an F-16, and tweeted “F-16 planes flying at 10:20 pm over Islamabad.”

But later Mir added, it was part of a military drill by PAF. “Don't worry, it is just to assure people of islmabd that our forces are fully aware and ready to fight (sic)”, Mir retweeted.