Rus­sia open to arm­ing In­dian Rafale


While the In­dian Air Force (IAF) sets its high­est hopes on the medium multi-role com­bat air­craft (MMRCA) con­tract be­ing signed this fi­nan­cial year amidst re­ced­ing chances, Rus­sia, one of the five bid­ders has said it would be will­ing to in­te­grate Rus­sian weapons on the Rafale if In­dia so de­sires. Rus­sia’s largest guided weapons house, said Kor­po­rat­sia Tak­tich­eskogo Raketnogo Vooruzheniya’s (KTBP) Chief Boris Ob­nosov.

At the re­cent MAKS 2013 show in Zhukovsky, Ob­nosov is quoted by the Rus­sian Em­bassy’s Rus­sia and In­dia Re­port to have said, “Th­ese in­clude long–, medium– and short-range air-to-air mis­siles, anti-ship mis­siles, guided avi­a­tion bombs and a large spec­trum of sub­ma­rine weapons. By their per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics they are as good as if not bet­ter than best Western ana­logues.” While the 18 fly­away air­craft be­ing con­tracted will come in­te­grated with stan­dard is­sue weapons build by MBDA and Sagem, the MMRCA ten­der makes it com­pul­sory for the plat­form to be ca­pa­ble of tak­ing on mis­siles spe­cific by the In­dian Air Force (IAF) as well. Sources in­form SP’s that the IAF hasn’t fi­nalised its weapons fit for the Rafale on this op­tion in ques­tion.

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