Latest World News: The IAF asks the French company Dassault to integrate Indian weapons on
By Ajit Dubey |
Update: July 23, 2023 1:26 p.m. EAST
New Delhi (India), Jul 23 (ANI): In a step that could be a great success for “Make in India” in the field of defense and also open up the global market for desi weapons, the Indian Air Force has asked the French company Dassault Aviation to integrate indigenous weapons like “Astra air” with aerial missiles on the Rafale fighter jet.
The Rafale is used by many countries including India, France, Egypt, Qatar and many others as well as Greece, Croatia, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia, have placed orders for these aircraft.
“The IAF has asked original equipment manufacturer Dassault Aviation to integrate Indian-made weapons like the Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) and the Astra air-to-air missile with the Rafale which has been in service with the IAF since 2020,” defense officials told ANI.
Along with these missiles and bombs developed by the DRDO, the IAF also plans to integrate several weapons designed locally by private sector companies in the near future, including long-range glider bombs with the aircraft, they said.
Industry sources have said that given the capability and price of Indian weapons systems, there could be a big market for them once integrated into the Rafale.
Indian weapon systems are already integrated into the Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft with indigenous Teja LCAs.
India operates 36 Rafale fighter jets and has already expressed its intention to purchase 26 Rafale marine jets for use by its navy.
Indian Air Force senior brass pushed for indigenous solutions to be self-sustaining, especially in times of conflict.
Many weapon systems forcibly acquired in the ongoing clash with China have also been put on the indigenization path.
Astra air-to-air missiles are capable of hitting targets up to 100 km away, but very soon this will be extended to 160 km in the Astra Mark 2, while the upgraded version would be one with a 300 km strike range.
The SAAW can also hit targets over 100 km away and its advanced versions are also under development.
“Private sector companies have also developed missiles and bombs that can hit long-range targets and can be equipped on the Rafale,” the officials said. (ANI)
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