Rafale Aircraft: Untold Story–Part II’, written by Cdr Jayakrishnan N Nair (Retd), is the second article in the three-part series
In an air combat mission, the man behind the machine matters the most. Wg Cdr Abinandan Varthman VrC, the ace pilot from Indian Air Force, has proved this. How good a weapon system can complement a pilot is also important in a mission. This series looks into the potency of weapons being carried by Rafale and their role in combat missions.
The weapon-carrying capability defines the potential of a fighter jet. Rafale comes with a good bouquet of weapons. The weapon package available with the aircraft is listed below. The aircraft has 14 hard points below the wings and belly for mounting weapons for the Air Force version of the aircraft. What India has contracted for is confidential as of now.
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