this correspondence News | Indian Rafale fighter jet adds Hammer all-weather weapon to its arsenal

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GUWAHATI: France to equip Indian Rafale fighters with air-to-surface Hammer all-weather smart weapon but even so air-to-air MICA, METEOR missiles and air-to-ground SCALP stand-off weapon.

The Hammer is a fire and fail to remember weapon that may be launched from a very short range to a very long range of 70 kilometers without the availability of GPS and has a high resistance to jamming and target location errors.

The second one batch of three Rafale aircraft got airborne from Istres airbase in France and flew for over eight hours before touchdown at an IAF base. They covered a distance of over 3700 nautical miles with three in-flight refuellings. pic.twitter.com/gHEixnMh2B

— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) November 4, 2020

In September, both the governments signed a contract for Hammer. The weapons in large numbers will be delivered to the Golden Arrows Squadron of Indian Air Force station in Ambala by the end of October.

On Wednesday, the second one batch of Rafale jets has arrived in India, the Air Force informed. The second one batch of three Rafale aircraft got airborne from Istres airbase in France and flew for over eight hours before touchdown at an IAF base. They covered a distance of over 3700 nautical miles with three in-flight refuelings.

The delivery of the jets started almost four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 aircraft at a cost of ₹ 59,000 crore. The induction of all 36 jets will be completed by 2023.

The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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