The Indian Air Force’s Su-30MKIs and the French Rafale fighters will come together for a ten-day air exercise called the 'Garuda-5', aimed at training the pilots and crew of Indian and French fighters in air superiority operation in Rajasthan's Jodhpur airbase from June 3.
The French composition for the Garuda- 5 will include four Rafale multi-role fighter aircraft and one air-refueler aircraft with more than 100 personnel. During the exercises the French aircraft may face the IAF’s Su-30 MKI, MiG -27 and MiG -21 as both sides showcase air superiority, defense and attack on high-value targets dogfights or nearby.
Objective of the exercise include exposing IAF pilots to French fighter tactics and French pilots to Indian fighter tactics, to engage in air-to-air refueling, cross-servicing of a common type between ground crews and Understanding basic concepts of each countries fighter operations.
The performance of the Rafales at the exercise could create incentive to boost the long-delayed MMRCA program and also show how it stacks up against the IAF’s most potent asset, the Su-30MKI.
The Garuda-5 exercise is scheduled to be held 10 years after the Cope India 04 exercise between the US and India in 2004. During the Cope exercise, India’s Su-30MKs emerged victorious with IAF pilots winning more than 90 percent of the mock air engagements conducted against U.S. Air Force F-15C jets from 3rd Wing based at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.
According to the Pentagon, several limitations reduced the chances of victory of the Eagle drivers against the Indian fighters. Including the lack of an advanced active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar on their F-15s and that the air engagements typically involved six Eagles against up to eighteen IAF aircraft with no chance to simulate any beyond visual range (BVR) missile shot (due to the Indian request of not using the AMRAAM).
The 9:1 kill ratio achieved by Indians pilots against USAF fighters during the Cope India 04 can be attributed to their skills, according to USAF Colonel Greg Newbech quoted in various media, “What we’ve seen in the last two weeks is the IAF can stand toe-to-toe with the best air force in the world. I pity the pilot who has to face the IAF and chances the day to underestimate him; because he won’t be going home”.
Despite the Cope victory, the IAF’s Su-30MKIs didn’t fare so well against the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon fighters at the International Air Tattoo military air show in 2011. "Nothing that India has got is anything anywhere near this (the Typhoon). I would say that absolutely. This airplane is phenomenally different in both performance and technology in anything they (IAF) got right now," an RAF official was quoted as saying then.
The Dassault Rafale, winner of the Indian MMRCA deal, can “easily” meet all the requirements of Qatars defence needs for the present and the future, a top Dassault Aviation (DA) official said recently. Benoît Dussaugey, DAs senior executive vice-president (international), told Gulf Times that the French company was in the race to win the multi-billion dollar contract for new fighter jets for Qatars Emiri Air Force and was “very confident” of its chances given the “excellent capability” of its aircraft
India has finally sealed a work share agreement with the French-firm Dassault Aviation for building 70 per cent of the Rafale fighters domestically, according to New Delhi Television. India will acquire 18 of the 126 Rafale fighter jets it is buying from France in "fly away" condition, and the rest will be manufactured by the local firm Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
As Indias negotiations with Dassault for the sale of 126 Rafale Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) drag into its third year, questions are being raised if the Indian MoD had all aspects of cost covered before selecting the French aircraft manufacturer as the lowest bidder or ‘L1. At the time of announcing the final winner, the Indian MoD had said that both the Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon had met the technical qualifications as outlined in the Request for Proposals (RFP)
India will not sign a $20 billion deal to acquire fighter jets for the Indian Air Force till the next fiscal year, Defence Minister A.K
As the development and integration of a new-standard Rafale fighter, the F3R gets underway by Dassault, its impact on the Indian MMRCA procurement could be significant. With the current official information on the Indian deal being that ‘negotiations are underway, it might just be possible that the Indian side might look at the F3R configuration seriously before freezing the aircraft configuration
Dassault Aviation has won the “F3 R” standard development contract for the RAFALE combat aircraft, during French Defense Minister Jean- Yves Le Drian visit to its main facility today. Negotiations were finalized with the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on December 30, with the contract estimated about 1 billion euros
India has decided to ground its fleet of over 200 Su-30 aircraft, following a crash in Pune last week, until an investigation into the problem of automatically ejecting pilot seats has been concluded. In 2013, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) wrote to IRKUT Corp and Rosoboronexport about having problems with the aircraft's ejection seats on multiple occasions
India many consider downsizing the Rafale fighter order from 126 to 80 following concerns over cost escalation, Indian media reports. The DNA newspaper quoted an unnamed IAF officer saying, “Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has asked France to re-consider the price
Indias $20 billion deal to buy Rafale fighter jets may not conclude this financial year as negotiations are still to be completed without which budgetary provision cannot be made. The Indian budget for fiscal 2014-15 is scheduled for July during which a higher allocation for defence as compared to last year could be made
A software upgrade has solved the Indian Air Force Su-30MKIs cockpit displays and head up display (HUD) blanking off problem. Besides, a failure of the mission computer has been addressed to by replacing the faulty computer wherever necessary
Since June 2, four Rafale fighters of the French air forces 3/30 “Lorraine” squadron have deployed at Jodhpur air base, in India, to take part in the bilateral “Garuda” exercise. This is the fifth time the two countries hold this exercise, which will end on June 13
The Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Arup Raha inaugurated a warehouse for storing aggregates and spares of Su-30MKI aircraft and handed it over to Airforce Liaison Establishment at Nashik on June 7. Earlier in the day he reviewed the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's Su-30MKI manufacturing and service facilities in Nashik along with Secretary (Defence Production) GS Pati and HAl chief RK Tyagi
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