India is currently finalizing the logistical arrangements for its rafale fighter jet equipped Air Force squadrons to be stationed at two different airbases at such a distance that they can reach both rivals in less than 180 seconds.
Indian air force is engaged in giving the final shape to the Rafale fighter aircraft, and the threat from China and Pakistan is there, so this is very good move and Rafale is expected to be inducted by 2019.
The bases that are selected are within the striking range of both the neighbours because it is very important to be quick if at all that is needed. Sputnik reported that the first squadron of Rafale will be stationed at Ambala base of IAF and at the eastern front it will be based at Hasimara base in West Bengal.
From Hasimara, Chinese Yadong is just 100 kilometer away and can hit other parts of Southern Tibet in less than four minutes through Bhutan Airspace. One squadron will consist of 18 fighter jets. Indian Air Force had contracted with French manufacturer Dassault Aviation for 36 rafale for cost of 7.8 billion euros last year.
The defense sources said, as quoted by Sputnik, “French manufacturer & Indian teams had visited the air bases a few days back and are giving final shape to the requirements including hangars. All facilities for the Rafale squadron will be ready by end of the year.” The training will be provided of rafale and technicians will be provided soon to the Indian air forces.
Earlier India cancelled 126 fighter jet tender in which Dassault was the winner. It later gave them a contract for supplying 36 planes in a fly away condition. It will be on performance based logistics with options for additional seven year extension. It will be possible to mount different types of missiles on Rafale, such as air to air, short and medium range MICA and air to ground SCALP missiles.
Indian Air Force needs fighter planes desparately all the MiGs have long passed their expiry dates and have been functioning still leading to many crashed in the recent times.