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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India will have its first Rafale base in Ambala, and the preparation to get it ready have begun. Around Rs 227 crore will be spent on infrastructure including simulators, radars, etc. There will be 14 Rafale aircraft shelters by 2019.The name of the Ambala squadron will be Golden Arrow and the first Rafale jets will come in by September 2019. The Indian Air Force has initiated major infrastructure upgrade at its frontline base for deployment of the first squadron of the Rafale jets which will give India greater “potency” over Pakistan as these will be capable of carrying nuclear weapons and other missiles.The government has already sanctioned money to set up 14 shelters, hangers and maintenance facilities at the 78- year-old base for the Rafale jets whose delivery is scheduled to begin from September, 2019, a senior IAF official said.”We are creating infrastructure keeping in mind infrastructure requirement for the Rafale jets for next 40-50 years,” the official said on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to media.The Ambala base is considered one of the most strategically located bases of the IAF as the Indo-Pak border is around 220 km from it. Currently, the base has two squadrons of the Jaguar combat aircraft and one squadron of the MiG-21 Bison.Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh, who passed away two weeks ago, was the first commander of the Ambala base in independent India.Several teams from French defence major Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafale, have already visited the Ambala air force base and finalised the requirement for the first squadron of combat jets.The IAF is also carrying out infrastructure upgrade at its Hasimara base in West Bengal which will house the second squadron of the Rafale jets, the official said.In September last year, India had signed a Euro 7.87 billion (approx Rs 59,000 crore) deal with the French government for purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets. Eighteen Rafale jets will be deployed in Ambala while an equal number of the new generation jet will be stationed in Hasimara.”We are planning to put in place all required infrastructure for Rafale squadron by end of next year,” said the IAF official.The Ambala as well as Hasimara stations will also have simulator-based training facilities for the air crew of Rafale jets. The IAF has already selected a batch of pilots to fly the jets and they are being given training by Dassault Aviation in France.The Rafale squadron to be deployed in Ambala will be known as Golden Arrows which was originally based in Bhatinda and was disbanded two years ago.The Rafale combat jets will come with various India- specific modifications including Israeli helmet mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10 hour flight data recording and infra-red search and tracking systems among others.The features that make the Rafale a strategic weapon in the hands of IAF, which is currently down to 34 squadrons as against a sanctioned strength of 44, includes its Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Meteor air-to-air missile with a range of 150 KM.Its integration on the Rafale jets will mean IAF can hit targets inside both Pakistan and across the northern and eastern borders while staying within India’s territorial boundary.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Navy’s upgraded IL 38 long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft today carried out successful anti-ship missile firing in the Arabian Sea. The firing was conducted as part of the ongoing annual Theater level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX-17), on the Western seaboard, Navy officials said. The llyushin 38 Sea Dragon (IL 38 SD) is a long range maritime reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft of Indian Navy. “IL 38 SD aircraft has undertaken this maiden firing post modification and midlife upgrade, thereby demonstrating its highly potent Anti Ship Missile (AShM) attack capability. “The development ratifies Indian Navy’s ability to ensure long range sea denial around Indian Sub continent,” the officials said. IL 38 SD aircraft are based at Goa and is placed under the Western Naval Command. Indian Navy is currently carrying out a mega exercise involving large number of strategic assets including Brahmos missiles Su-30 and Jaguar fighters and aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The TROPEX is aimed at testing combat readiness of the combined fleets of the Indian Navy, and the assets of the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard. The month-long exercise, which began on January 24, involved gunnery shoots, surface-to-air missile engagements, Brahmos firing and operations of the combined fleet in a complex multi threat environment including sub surface and air threats. The area of operations for TROPEX spans across the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea and North Central Indian Ocean and serves as an opportunity to validate the Indian Navy’s Concepts of Operation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The indigenously developed combat version of advanced jet trainer aircraft “Hawk” will be showcased here at the Aero India, a biennial air show of India. The state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is hoping that the Combat Hawk will be an ideal export product besides being used domestically. Sources said a foreign country has already evinced interest in the product. They said such an aircraft, slower than a fighter jet, can be useful for operations in forested areas and in low mountains. Moreover, many countries cannot afford to spend big on bigger fighter aircraft and hence the project has a lot of export potential. “Combat Hawk” involves fitting air-to-air missiles and air-to-ground guns, besides, rockets and bombs to the plane which is currently used as trainer aircraft for fighter pilots before they enter into an actual fighter jet. HAL had in 2015 signed an MoU with BAE Systems UK for upgradation of Hawk Mk132, development of Combat Hawk for Indian and export markets and maintenance solutions for supporting Jaguar and Hawk fleet. The aircraft has the capabilities to be used as a ground attack aircraft or for air defence. The plane is being produced at HAL under licence from BAE. The first aircraft was handed over to IAF in August 2008. Production programme of 42 Hawks to IAF was concluded in 2011-12. Further, second contract was signed between IAF and HAL in July 2010 for supply of 40 of Hawk advance jet trainer and associated equipment.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)