Rafale Fighter Jets at Jamnagar Base

The 2nd batch of 3 Rafale Fighter Jets arrived at the Jamnagar Air Base in Gujarat, India, on 4th November 2020. The fighter jets had departed from the Istres air base in France and had travelled tirelessly for more than 8 hours.

The Rafale fighter aircraft travelled a total of more than 3700 nautical miles through 3 in-flight fuellings. The aircraft had departed from France on Wednesday morning and landed in India by 8:14 p.m. The jets are scheduled to arrive at the Ambala airbase with a day’s break at Jamnagar.

Main highlights of this:

  • The Rafale fighter aircraft would offer unparalleled air supremacy to the Indian Air Force in the region with sophisticated avionics and weapons like HAMMER, Meteor and Scalp rockets. Warrior aircraft are also capable of transporting nuclear bombs.
  • The induction of fighter jets in the IAF had provided India with an advantage over Pakistan as well as China, as the jets are armed with the most sophisticated air-to-air missiles with such a reach of up to 150 kilometres.
  • Meteor missiles could hunt back and remove agile enemy fighters at even the longest distances beyond reach and have a no-escape area several times wider than just about any other air-to-air weapon.



Enhanced Version of Pinaka MK-1

The improved variant of the Pinaka Mk-1 Missile, developed by the DRDO, was successfully tested from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, on 4 November 2020. This was the continuation of a series of missile trials undertaken by the DRDO in the last two months.

As per DRDO officials, the improved variant of the Pinaka Mk-1 Missile was designed to achieve longer-range performance compared to the earlier configuration of lower length. This six Pinaka Regiments will consist of 114 Automatic Gun Aiming and Positioning System (AGAPS) launchers, 45 command posts and 330 vehicles.

Main highlights of this:

1-The development of the Improved Pinaka system was conducted in order to achieve a wider range of functionality compared to the previous version with a reduced volume.

2 – The design and construction of the Pune-situated DRDO labs, which are the ARDE as well as the HEMRL, has been carried out.

3 – The Upgraded Pinaka Mk-1 (range 45 km) would substitute the Pinaka Mk-1 Missiles. These were all reportedly being used by the Indian Army across India’s borders with China and Pakistan.

4 – A maximum of 6 rockets were fired in immediate succession and the exercises fulfilled the full mission goals.

328 Foreign Satellites to be slugged by India

If everything goes well enough with Saturday night’s launch of the PSLV-C49) therefore the Indian Space Agency will have sunk a total of 328 international satellites, all for a fee.

The 26-hour wait for Saturday’s rocket launch from the very first launch pad would start on Friday afternoon. The rocket containing 10 satellites is scheduled to be launched at 3.02 p.m. On the 7th of November, the Sriharikota rocket port.

The 9 foreign satellites come from: Lithuania (1-technology demonstrator), including Luxembourg (4 maritime operation satellites from Kleos Space) as well as the US (4-Lemur multi-mission remote sensing satellites).

The main payload of the rocket seems to be India’s EOS-01 radar imagery satellite, previously RISAT-2BR2 with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capable of shooting images under all climatic conditions.

The satellite would snap photographs day and night and would be beneficial for monitoring, and also for civilian operations.

How it started:

It all began in 1999, whenever India first released an international satellite — South Korea’s Kitsat-3 with a weight of 107 kg and Germany’s 45 kg DLR-Tubsat — as just a piece of piggyback baggage on one’s own 1,050 kg Oceansat with such a PSLV-C2 rocket.

Ever since, within the next 2 decades, India has deployed 319 foreign satellites, along with one Chinese satellite — sometimes on a stand-alone basis, though many as a piggyback on India’s internal satellite.

ISRO has also set a new world record for releasing the highest number of satellites—104 of which have been foreign to 101 in a single PSLV rocket on 15.2.2017.



Sub marines after Rafale Fighter Jets

India got 3 more French fighter aircraft on Wednesday, and a contract for French submarines could not be far away, as European and South Asian countries feel that they share a dedication to Indian Ocean defence.

More on the Submarines:

The submarines would arrive from the French shipbuilder Naval Community, which “will make a bid that goes really far in the direction of Make in India,” said a source familiar with the company’s planning for the P75I submersible tender in the Indian Navy segment.

In the month of September, the source told about talks between Florence Parly who is the French Defense Minister and her Indian equivalent, Rajnath Singh. The discussion in New Delhi discussed Indo-French military collaboration and acquisition contracts, covering “ongoing as well as potential future opportunities,” the report stated. “one among those was a tender for P75I submarines.”



Rafale’s non-stop Travel

The 2nd batch of 3 Rafale fighter jets landed at the Jamnagar airfield in Gujarat late Wednesday night after travelling non-stop from France, in yet another reinforcement to the IIAF’s ability to attack while India and China remain stuck in a tense boundary line in eastern Ladakh.

The IAF announced that the three aircraft had departed from the Istres air base in France and had flown for more more than 8 hours, covering more than 3,700 nautical miles, until landing in India.

With the introduction of the new set, the amount of Rafale aircraft rose to 8.


The 1st batch of 5 Rafale jets landed in India on 29 July, almost four years after India concluded an inter-governmental agreement with France to purchase 36 aircraft at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore.