Along with the air dominance Sukhoi Su-30MKIs, Rafale fighter will give the IAF an extremely potent combination to deal with any threat from across India's western as well as northern borders
Indian Air Force Rafale fighter, armed with two of the world's most advanced missiles Meteor and Scalp (French name)/ Storm Shadow (British name), will give an unmatched capability to India to thwart an attack, as well as launch precision, strikes deep inside the enemy territory without sending the aircraft close to the designated target.
Rafale, IAF's most advanced fighter, will be formally joining the force on October 8 which is not only the Air Force Day but also Dussehra. Along with the air dominance Sukhoi Su-30MKIs, Rafale fighter will give the IAF an extremely potent combination to deal with any threat from across India's western as well as northern borders.
The French combat aircraft is not only one of the most advanced 4++ Generation fighter but also packs a lethal punch with an array of missiles and bombs, including MBDA's deadly Meteor and Scalp as part of the Rafale weapons package. While Meteor is the world's best Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), the fire-and-forget Scalp is a long-range, air-launched, stand-off attack missile which can penetrate deep into hard rock and fortified targets.
With a range of 150 kms and a No Escape Zone of more than 60 km which is the largest among all similar missiles currently in service with the air force around the world, Meteor is the leader in the BVRAAM category.
Capable of being fired in all-weather conditions, Meteor missile has an advanced active radar seeker which can lock on to highly manoeuvrable fighters as well as small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and cruise missiles.
Meteor has a data link communication and can also be operated using third party data.