GUWAHATI: Leading security expert, Air Marshal (retd) Anjan Kumar Gogoi has said that India’s position on air space security will be enhanced following the induction of Rafale aircraft into the Indian Air Force.
Participating in in online event here, Gogoi, who is also the member of North Eastern Council (NEC), was speaking on the Indian Air Force (IAF) since Independence.
In the last 20 years, no aircraft were procured. But with the procurement of the 36 Rafale aircraft, India stands to enhance its air space security, he said.
“The IAF’s 17 squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ which was ‘number-plated’ in 2016, was resurrected on September 10, 2019 at Ambala. This will be the first Rafale squadron. This core group would also split into two to form the second Rafale squadron at Hashmira, North Bengal in the east next year,” he said, adding : This 4th-plus generation fighter with semi-stealth capabilities, is an agile aircraft and capable of simultaneously packaging air superiority, interdiction, reconnaissance, airborne nuclear deterrent missions, operational preparation and deployment.
Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale would perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, deep ground strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions, Air Marshal (retd) Gogoi said.
This aircraft is referred to as an “omnirole” aircraft by Dassault. Rafale is likely to maintain high availability and mission success rate, he said.
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