Five Rafale fighter jets arrive at Ambala air base

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News: The first five of a batch of French Rafale fighter jets has arrived at Haryana’s Ambala air base.

Facts:

  • Rafale Fighter Jet: It is a twin-engine medium multi-role combat aircraft manufactured by the French company Dassault Aviation.
  • Purpose: It can be used to perform ground and sea attacks, reconnaissance, high-accuracy strikes and nuclear strike deterrence.

Additional Facts:

  • SCALP: It is an air-to-ground cruise missile that has a capability of long-range deep strike missile.
  • MICA: It is an air-to-air missile that can be used for operations such as  close-quarter dogfights and Beyond Visual Range(BVR).
  • HAMMER: It is an air-to-ground precision guided missile produced by French conglomerate Safran which can be used against bunker-type hardened targets within the range of 70 km.
  • Meteor: It is a Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) system developed by European firm MBDA.