Egypt received yesterday the last of the single-seaters it had ordered. They had ordered 24 Rafale in total, 16 DM (twin seaters) of which 6 have been received, and 8 EM (single seaters), all received now. Following Dassault's conventions, M stands for Maṣr, the Arabic name for Egypt, E for Export and D for dual. Egypt has an option for 12 more, but have difficulties raising the money needed to purchase them.
In the top video the aircraft is maintaing 16alpha and a speed of about 126 kts and in the lower one it is 132kts for 16 alpha. the night landing is being done at a higher weight.
WHAT, RAFALE AS A NUCLEAR DELIVERY SYSTEM?
Indian Express first carried a story Sept 18, 2016 justifying the purchase of 36 Rafales announced in Paris by PM Narendra Modi 17 months earlier because of its supposedly strategic role as nuclear weapon delivery system. On Nov 27 instant, Economic Times in its Blogs carried a piece saying much the same thing — except it dealt, in the main, with the theme of the Rafale procurement process being “clumsy” without it being “corrupt”.
True, Rafale is tasked by the French Air Force for the N-role, but the distance it has to negotiate to Moscow isn't relatively much, being the same that Mirage V was meant to do on a one-way suicide mission because that’s all its range permitted at a time in the mid- to late 1960s when France had little else to make its ‘force de frappe’ credible. Rafale is different in that it has the range to go to Moscow and back and in European conditions may be considered “strategic”, but it cannot be so labeled in Indian conditions unless all that the Modi govt has in mind for its use is Pakistan because, for certain, it can perform no useful strategic function against China. But was the Rafale buy at the unit cost of some $250 million — clean i.e., w/o any weapon — merited just for N-delivery against Pakistani targets when the IAF has the Jaguar low level strike aircraft for this job, and the Su-30MKI, which with aerial tankers and buddy refuellers for the last leg, for strategic nuclear bombardment deep inside China?
The Su-30MKI — a medium range air superiority/air dominance combat aircraft, I have long argued is not a genuine answer for long range nuclear targeting, whence the desperate need for a genuine high-alt strategic bomber, the Tu-160 Blackjack, that the Russians were always ready to lease to India, as a manned recall-able option in the triad. It was a case I had made to CAS Charley Browne some years back in person and retailed in ‘Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet). Browne shot it down saying that while lease costs were fine, the operating costs were too high and would be a drain on IAF’s resources. (For the cost figures, etc. refer above book.) But a Rafale carrying N-weapons is economical? This is an example of short-sighted financial resources management.
The nuclear role conjured up for the Rafale, it’d appear, was an afterthought that some not so bright denizen of the PMO thought up and purveyed through the media, because of the flak Modi was receiving for the hasty, ill thought-out Rafale deal.
The fact is Rafale may barely survive the AD environment over Pakistan. Across Tibet, it is a dead duck, and will have even less chance anywhere deeper in China mainland where the layered AD defence is so intense the US Air Force feels it will have to deploy its full might of the B-2s to register success.
And even then, it will not do much good. Because China PLAAF now has operational a few photonic or quantum radars — with these replacing the older surveillance, tracking, and targeting radars in layers doing frontline duty. Incidentally, Russia and China have a massive lead in quantum hardware — communications, radars, etc. over the US, and the word is out that the US’ latest lemon F-35, inclusive of its on-board radar, is already defunct because it has been mapped out by the Russian and Chinese photonic radar. Wonder, if that’s the reason why the US is growingly keen about selling the completely useless F-35 to the IAF and has confidence the Indian govt can be prevailed upon to buy it. So much for India’s reputation for buying junk.
Quantum radars, in any case, means definite death for so-called stealth aircraft. In any case, stealth is a mis-used word because even without quantum radars, the stealthiest of the present day aircraft can be easily detected by low frequency radars — the old World War Two kind!
And finally if Rafale is actually being considered as a nuclear delivery platform, what’s the talk that IAF is exploring acquiring a handful of the latest version of the Backfire Tu-22M3 from Russia — which makes more sense than Rafale but is not as good an option as the Tu-160 — all about?
What, Rafale as a nuclear delivery system?!
Nothing irregular in Rafale deal: Defence minister
Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday countered Rahul Gandhi's allegation of wrongdoing and said all necessary procedures were followed while finalising the Rafale aircraft deal.
"I am surprised that the opposition has raised the issue of national security during Gujarat elections," the minister said while addressing journalists in Rajkot.
She claimed that the deal had been sealed according to the agreement between the two countries (India and France). The opposition was making false allegations that it was done in the absence of the defence minister.
"The defence ministers of both the countries have signed the deal. The technical statement was released in April 2015 and both the countries signed the deal in September 2016," Sitharaman said. She denied allegations made by the Congress on the price of Rafale fighter planes and said "everything was as per terms and conditions."
"India is ready to counter any infiltration from China or Pakistan," she said that reduction in tension at Doklam was India's big achievement.
Regarding the abduction of fishermen of Gujarat and south Indian states, Sitharaman said that the fishermen sometimes don't know from where the international waters begin and that's the reason they are captured by Pakistan or Sri Lankan forces.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also worried about this problem. We will soon bring some solution to this problem with the help of technology," Sitharaman said.
Nothing irregular in Rafale deal: Defence minister - Times of India
I have long argued is not a genuine answer for long range nuclear targeting, whence the desperate need for a genuine high-alt strategic bomber, the Tu-160 Blackjack, that the Russians were always ready to lease to India
If the Rafale has no chance to survive Chinese air defense, why does he think the Tu-160 would be any better? It's a much larger aircraft, without any sort of RCS reduction feature, and its cruise speed isn't anything to write home about.The fact is Rafale may barely survive the AD environment over Pakistan. Across Tibet, it is a dead duck, and will have even less chance anywhere deeper in China mainland where the layered AD defence is so intense the US Air Force feels it will have to deploy its full might of the B-2s to register success.
Aircraft mechanic Rafale FRANCE / INDIA H / F
- Company: NOVAE AEROSPACE
- Location: Aquitaine, Bordeaux - Aquitaine, France
- Function: Airplane Mechanic Rafale FRANCE / INDIA
- Type of contract: Contract of indefinite duration (CDI)
- Publication date: 22-11-2017
Novæ AEROSPACE Services, specialized in the field of technical assistance in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment, brings a high level of technical expertise to the Spatial, Defense and Aerospace industries all over the world.Novæ AEROSPACE Services therefore provides our clients with multidisciplinary stand-alone support and support teams dedicated to manufacturing, repair and maintenance issues. As part of a project that will begin in the first half of 2018, NOVAE AEROSPACE is looking for profiles of aircraft mechanics Mirage 2000 / RAFALE, of all specialties: avionics technician, vector maintenance technician and engine, technician armament board and ground.
You will support:
The training period and that of the Indian client will take place over a period of approximately one and a half years in the Bordeaux region.
- Online maintenance of Rafale-type aircraft as part of the training project for future Indian pilots and mechanics:
- Aircraft Systems Technologies
- Troubleshooting / Diagnosis
- Testing / settings
- Rules of the art of maintenance
- Removal-rests as part of aircraft work
- Disassembly, reassembly as part of equipment overhaul
- The operation and maintenance of technical documentation in English: technical English, human factors, aeronautical legislation,
- Responsibility for the representativeness of our client and Novae Aerospace to the Indian client,
As such and in order to allow you to achieve the best objectives:
- For qualified persons on Mirage 2000, you will follow a training on the General Rafale then on the India version during the first two quarters of 2018.
- For Qualified Rafale people, you will be trained on Rafale India only.
You are specialties avionics, vector and engine, armament board and ground.
You have a good level of technical and conversational English.
You have a minimum of 5 years experience in an aerospace company and / or the army in one of the specialties you are looking for.
You master the office pack.
You hold a license B.