RAFALE: Why such Hype?

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We Indians are known to everyone for our over hype and Jingoism. With the addition of ‘RAFALE’ in IAF’s wardrobe, the hype is even bigger.

Of the many things that we Indians are famous for, making a mountain out of a molehill is one of the prominent ones. When the consignment of Five Rafale arrived in the great soil, Media was flooded with its news. The reporters, newspapers and most importantly, the self-proclaimed defence experts on Facebook and Twitter had a field day. From sharing Rafale’s video to trolling Pakistanis and Chinese on the Net are some of the unique ways of celebrating the arrival.

But such hype is expected and reasonable. The Rafale is one of its kinds and is one of the finest fighter jets available in the world right now. Particularly in Asia due to its sophisticated weapon machinery, avionics and radar technology.

Rafale is a 4.5 generation fighter jet due to its radar-evading stealth profile. It is a game-changer for the Indian Air Force since most of the aircraft in its Talley that includes Mirage 2000 and the Su-30 MkI – are classified as either third or fourth-generation fighter planes. And we all know the plight of Mig-21 fighter pilots over the years. So, the introduction of Rafale is nothing but Diwali bonus for that over-exploited intern.

The Rafale origins from France which literally means Gust of wind in French and “Burst of fire” in a more military sense. The Rafale is referred to as an “omnirole” aircraft by Dassault who is its creator.


Rafale is the most formidable aircraft in Asia continent, much ahead of the F-16s that Pakistan is proud of and against Chengdu J-20 stealth aircraft of China, which has never been to any combat. While Rafale has seen action in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Libya. It will be interesting to see the Dog fight between India and China if the situation ever escalates.

Some of the Features of Rafale

  • Rafale has the world’s most advanced radar system and can touch a speed of Mach 1.8 (For those like me who are bewildered over the name of Mach, Mach number is a dimensionless quantity in fluid dynamics representing the ratio of flow velocity past a boundary to the local speed of sound) If we say that in English, 1.8 Mach means 2222.64 km/h. And that is a lot of speed.
  • Rafale has the capability of carrying out a wide range of short and long-range missions. It can be used to perform ground and sea attacks, reconnaissance, high-accuracy strikes and nuclear strike deterrence. Overall it is a state of art aircraft that India was in deep need for years and finally, it got few while more are on its way.
Courtesy : The Indian Express

To know more about the Technical side and weapon strength of the Rafale Fighter Jet CLICK HERE to visit its official website, scroll down and learn more.

While many reports suggest that Rafale is by far the best fighter jet in the Asian Continent but we should not underestimate the celestial dome power of our un-friendly neighbours China and Pakistan.

China has Chengdu J-20 stealth 5th  Generation Fighter Jet but the irony is, it has never seen any combat nor its pilots have ever been to any front compare to the war-experienced 4.5 Generation Rafale and the sophisticated India Fighter Pilots who are always in constant touch with its Pakistanis counterpart shotting down some of their ‘overhyped’ 4th  Generation F-16 with its granny MIG-21.

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Comparative Analysis: Rafale, Chengdu and F-16

  • If we compare Rafale, F-16 and J-20 all three of them have been programmed for multi fighting roles from ‘long-range air-to-air’ to ‘air-to-ground attacks’. But Rafale stands a chance against both of its counterpart.
  • Both F-16 and J-20 comes with a single pilot but Rafale has also the option of two pilot system which is an advantage in Dog-Fights.
  • Rafale weighs 9,900 kgs and can carry weight up to 24,500 kgs while F-16 has a weight capacity of only 13,000 kg to its actual 9,000 kg weight. More capacity means more weapons in combat and surely the Rafales stand a chance against the F-16. J-20 weighs 19,000kg and carry a weight capacity of 37,013 Kgs which makes J-20 a winner in this regard.
  • Rafale has a top speed of 2,222.6 km/hr while both F-16 and J-20 have a speed of 2,400 Km/hr. Which is an advantageous thing in combat and clearly both the Paki and the Chini are having an upper hand here.
  • Rafale can climb up to 60,000 km/minute during a crucial and deadly Dog Fight and J-20 can climb up to 59,842.52 ft per minute while F-16 has a climbing capacity of only 50,000 feet per minute. Which makes Rafale a better fighter in the sky.
  • Rafale can carry most-advanced and lethal weapons available, including air-to-air MCA missile; long-range air-to-air Meteor missiles; and air-to-ground Hammer missile. It also carries laser-guided bombs with different warheads and non-guided classic bombs. The scalp long-range missiles loaded in Rafale can hurt deep inside enemy territory.

The Meteor missile-equipped in the Rafale can hit the F16 jet from 150 KM distance in the air to air standoff, while the F16 will do so with the help of Amraam missile from the distance of 100 KM. So Rafale has an advantage of 50 KM. over the F16.

“Rafale is far superior to the J-20, the Chengdu fighter of China. Even though it’s believed to be a 5th generation fighter, it is probably at best a 3.5 generation aircraft. It’s got a third-generation engine as we have in the Sukhoi,” Says Air Marshal R Nambiar (retd).

All these comparisons against the F-16 and J-20 made us sure that the Indian Airforce is in a very good hand right now and there is no way any Pakistani or Chinese Jets can infiltrate in our territories any more.

Saying that it is now sure that the ‘Hype is Real’ and the Indians celebrating the arrival is totally justified.

Five Rafale Jets gets escorted by two Sukhoi Jets as they enter Indian Airspace.

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