‘Rafale with Meteor, Scalp missiles will give India unrivalled combat capability’
AHEAD of handing over of the first Rafale jet to India, European missile maker MBDA has said that the aircraft with most advanced weapons package comprising Meteor and Scalp missiles will provide the country unrivalled deep strike capability and air dominance in the region.
MBDA’s Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile will be the mainstay of the weapons package of the 36 Rafale jets being procured by India at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore. “India will get new capabilities with Rafale aircraft which the country never had before. Both Scalp and Meteor missiles will be game changer for Indian Air Force,” MBDA’s India chief Loïc Piedevache told PTI here.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will receive the first Rafale jet at an air base in Paris on Tuesday, three years after India sealed the mega deal for procurement of the aircraft manufactured by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation.
“Rafale is an amazing aircraft fitted with a very superior weapons package. It has been having great success in several important markets. We are happy to be part of the project to supply 36 Rafale to India,” he said here on Sunday.