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India and France today inked the deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets. The deal was signed in New Delhi in the presence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian. The aircraft will be equipped with latest missiles and weapon system. The 7.8 billion Euro deal is crucial for the Indian Air Force and is expected to give India the dominant status in the air.
The features that make the Rafale a strategic weapon is its Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Meteor air-to-air missile with a range in excess of 150 kilometre. During the Kargil war, India had used a BVR having 50 kilometre range. The delivery of this aircraft will start in 36 months and will be completed in 66 months from the date the contract is inked.
India successfully test fires long range surface-to-air Barak-8 missile off Odisha coast | 20-Sep-2016 20:40
India today successfully test-fired the most advanced surface-to-air missile 'Barak-8' off the Odisha coast. The long-range nuclear capable ballistic missile, developed jointly with Israel, was first test-fired at 10:13 hrs from a mobile launcher; while the second test was conducted at 14:25 hrs this afternoon at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore district. The 4.5-meter missile weighs around 3 tonnes can carry a payload of 70 kilograms.
Both the missiles swung into action after getting signals from the radars to intercept a moving aerial target supported by an unmanned air vehicle ‘Banshee’ over the Bay of Bengal. DRDO sources said, more tests of the missile will be carried out tomorrow.
As a precautionary measure, the system also includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile. Barak-8 was successfully test fired twice on June 30th and once on July 1st. As a precautionary measure, Balasore district administration had temporarily shifted 3,700 people residing within the 2.5 kilometer radius of the test.