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India receives first Dassault Rafale fighter planes

India receives first Dassault Rafale fighter planes

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July 29 (UPI) -- The first five of 36 purchased Dassault Rafale fighter planes purchased by the Indian air force arrived at Ambala Air Station, India, on Wednesday. The French-built planes flew to Abu Dhabi and then to India, the Indian air force announced. Advertisement The aircraft are part of a $ 965 million purchase to upgrade India's military, as it contends with Pakistan on its west and China on its east, officials have noted. "On entering the Indian airspace, the Rafales were given an aerial welcome by two IAF Su-30 aircraft. At AF Stn Ambala, they were accorded the traditional 'Water Cannon Salute," air force officials said on Twitter. The Indian government discouraged media coverage or celebration, opting instead for a "final induction ceremony" in August. "IAF aircrew and groun...
Thales to develop Rafale F4 sensors for French military

Thales to develop Rafale F4 sensors for French military

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Jan. 18 (UPI) -- France's defense ministry has awarded Thales a contract to develop onboard sensors and communication systems for Rafale F-4 combat aircraft. The agreement allows the combat aircraft "to maintain its superiority against new threats," Thales said in a news release Friday. On Monday, France's government signed a $ 2.3 billion contract for 28 updated Rafale fighter jets from French-headquartered Dassault Aviation. In all, 500 French firms are part of the Rafale program, including Dassault Aviation, which will serve as the industrial architect and be responsible for deploying new connectivity solutions. Rafale's role includes reconnaissance, air defense and precision strikes during a single mission. The company noted the aircraft is "a crucial component of France's National S...