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Rafale M Expectation for Indian Navy

Rafale M Expectation for Indian Navy

Indian Navy is near the total completion of the INS Vikrant (R 11) aircraft carrier. But selection for jet aircraft has yet to be announced. Local media claimed the Rafale M omnirole fighters are one step closer to the Indian Navy.

The naval aircraft selection process is still ongoing for the Indian Navy. Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Rafale M are candidates for INS Vikrant (R 11) carrier vessel. According to claims of local media, officials are considering acquiring Rafale M platforms. French media also claimed that there would be a signing ceremony for 26 Rafale M during the India visit of French President Emmanuel Macron. The Indian side is working on formal issues, according to sources.Rafale M Expectation for Indian NavyThe Indian aircraft carrier is in STOBAR (Standard Take-off But Arrested Landing) configuration. This means there is no catapult system on the ship for launch, and jet fighters have to take off from ski-jump on the bow section. Both candidates are CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-off but Arrested Landing) aircraft. So, the requirements to be met are a bit different from catapult-equipped vessels. India is already a Rafale user for its air force. Rafale M may be considered a few steps closer to the Indian Navy than the Super Hornets because of logistical, infrastructure, sustainment and other financial reasons.Rafale M Expectation for Indian Navy

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