Rafales must fly in with Meteor air-to-air missiles, India tells France
NEW DELHI: India has asked France to arm the first four Rafale fighters with the top-notch Meteor air-to-air missiles, which, with a strike range of 120 to 150-km, can outgun any missile that can be unleashed by Pakistani or Chinese jets. The first Rafale fighters will touch down at the Ambala airbase in May next year.
The request for at least 8-10 Meteor beyond visual range (BVR) missiles to be delivered with the four Rafale jets was conveyed to France during defence minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to the countryto formally accept the first fighter at Merignac in the Bordeaux region on October 8.
“Earlier, as per the Rs 59,000 crore deal inked for 36 Rafale jets and their weapon packages in September 2016, the progressive deliveries of the Meteor and the over 300-km range Scalp air-to-ground cruise missiles were to begin several months later,” said a source.
“But given the current operational situation with Pakistan, India has asked for faster delivery of at least 8-10 Meteor missiles. France is examining the request,” he added.
The request comes in the backdrop of the aerial skirmish between Indian and Pakistani fighters in the Nowshera sector along the Line of Control on February 27, a day after the bombing of the JeM facility in Pakistan. The Sukhoi-30MKIs and other jets, scrambled to intercept the incoming Pakistani fighters, had found it difficult to engage the F-16s at long ranges on that day.
印度提出这一要求的背景是，2月27日，印度和巴基斯坦武装分子在瑙谢拉控制线附近发生了小规模空中冲突。此前一天，默罕默德军在巴基斯坦的营地遭到轰炸。苏霍伊- 30mkis和其他战机紧急起飞拦截来袭的巴基斯坦战机，当时发现很难与F -16战机进行远距离交战。
The Pakistani F-16s were armed with the AIM-120C advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs), which have a range of about 100-km, and had let loose several of them at the Sukhoi-30MKIs before the latter could even get into their firing range.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/48909.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Sumit Nair • 9 hours ago
.........THANK YOU MODIji.........INDIA IS SAFE UNDER MODIji.
S M India• 10 hours ago
Meteor Air to Air Missiles are much more Advanced and Long Range than F-16 AMMRAM Missiles .....Great Move by Modiji .....please refit all these Missiles on Su 30 also .
流星空对空导弹比F-16 的先进中程空对空导弹更先进，射程更远…莫迪做得好…请在苏- 30上搭载这种导弹。
Jose Varghese• 9 hours ago
How do you know this? Do you have the specs of both missiles?
Bhotaar• 8 hours ago
Every ModiHarami supporter Hindu-rat drinks cowmutor & becomes expert on defence technology & economy.
Kosmic Power • 8 hours ago
India without Modi and BJP would have lost more land to the barbaric Muslims and China, also terrorism.
Shaun Parker • 54 mins ago
yeah India is also losing points on its GDP ... and India is importing costly military equipment and not making much progress under Make In India.
HSF• 8 hours ago
Please ask to Gandhi dynasty. Actually when India woke up, Italian chors tried everything to derail the Rafale deal to help Pakistan.
Prabhu • 9 hours ago
The congress led UPA go nment was sleeping between 2004-2014, otherwise we would have had all Rafale Jets by now !.
HSF• 8 hours ago
Not sleeping, but, busy looting the country.
Shekar Natesh• 6 hours ago
Only Mr Modi can think of such great ideas. Hail Mr Modi. India should be grateful to the people of this country for having elected such a strong, efficient, non corrupt, hard working Prime Minister for this country
Prabhu chander Gpc• 5 hours ago
very well said Sir, the same feel came to me on seeing this news, Modiji always thinking, planning, striving for the development & security of this nation.
As a citizen of our beloved nation I salute our PM a true Indian.
Guru • 9 hours ago
The media is with the enemies of the country. Why releasing such information to leak out secrets.
Anjan Kesh• 2 hours ago
Its not leaked by media, its leaked to media by the ministry. As you know only price was secret for national security, but this kind of information is good for votes so can be leaked freely.
Shaun Parker• 51 mins ago
exactly. they could have easily invested this money in the infrastructure of the country.
Mohandas MT• 5 hours ago
When Pakistan acquired AMRAAMs, the Indians were sleeping. Congress should take responsibility for the lackluster attitude. Actually, what exactly was the intent of Congress?
sanchaya dey• 1 hour ago
Sonisa has 2st home in Italy, so in case of any trouble simply vanish to Italy with her family. So never bothered to strengthen India except looting.
Uno Nano • 4 hours ago
So that means our neighbors have air superiority at the moment.
Pk Chaithanya • 4 hours ago
The filthy scumgress didn't buy a single jet since 1985. Thanks to our current leadership who is aggressively modernizing our defence establishment.
Dilip • 4 hours ago
but why even discuss these things in a public forum ?? These are news of classified restricted nature !!
Anjan Kesh• 2 hours ago
Govt said in SC - only price is confidential. News like this brings votes so should be leaked.
KD • Mumbai • 2 hours ago
BJP under Modiji is fighting a lone battle to modernize our Armed forces. Entire opposition lead by Italian are working day and night to Divert all attempts and make India go back to those 'corrupt and black' old days. Hoping and Praying that at the end BJP/India wins!!
Hindustani • 2 hours ago
India is preparing for one more strike against Pakistan in case any major terror attack
AMRESH AMRESH• 3 hours ago
Modi govt always works on National Interest. wwell done..jai Hind