Noting that the Defence Research and Development Organisation wanted to obtain technical assistance for the indigenous development of the engine (Kaveri) for the Light Combat Aircraft, it said, “Till date, the vendor has not confirmed the transfer of this technology.”
India has procured 36 Rafale combat aircraft from Dassault Aviation in government-to-government contract. The Rafale is a 4.5 generation aircraft and has the latest weapons, superior sensors and fully integrated architecture. It is an Omni-role aircraft, which means it can carry out at least four missions in one sortie.
The fighter aircraft have HAMMER missiles, and will also be armed with beyond visual range missiles like Meteor, SCALP and MICA, increasing their ability to take on incoming targets from a distance.
On 10 September, five Rafale aircraft were inducted in the IAF’s 17 Squadron at Ambala Air Base in…