WHY RAFALE COULD BE IAF’S DEFAULT MULTI-ROLE FIGHTER AIRCRAFT OPTION
A HOST of recent developments have placed Dassault Aviation,
France’s principal combat aircraft manufacturer, in pole position to potentially secure the IAF’s
114 multi-role fighter aircraft (MRFA) with its twin-engine Rafales.
Joining the dots, a cross-section of military veterans,
defence analysts and industry officials have posited that backed by growing Rafale sales to India
and Dassault’s inclination to transfer fighter and related technology to it,
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IAF could well end up with Rafale as its default MRFA option.
If so, it would be an ironical redux of the Ministry of Defence’s stillborn 2007-08
which 108 were to be licence-built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
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