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India will acquire French fighter of the fourth generation Rafale instead of Russian su-30MKI, as the first in its capabilities superior to the second, reports The Economic Times.
Indian publication writes that the ability for long-term loitering at the Rafale is 1.5 times higher than the su-30MKI. The range of the first is 780-1055 kilometers against 400-550 kilometers at the second. French fighter capable of day to commit to five sorties, while the Russian — only three.
According to The Economic Times, thanks to the “superior radars and missiles of American origin” interception of one Pakistani F-16 Fighting Falcon requires two Indian su-30MKI, while the interception of Rafale would require two F-16 Fighting Falcon.
In August 2019 sources Defense News reported that the Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics swerve the licensed production of Russian fighters fourth generation su-30MKI in March 2020, unless they receive new orders on these planes.
Purchase agreement India France has 28 single and 8 double (training) Rafale fighter jets signed in September 2016. The deal is valued at 7.87 billion euros, of which more than 3 billion will be disbursed by the Indian industry. The first batch of 4 aircraft should arrive in India in may 2020.
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