France's Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force

Earlier this year, India selected Dassault Aviation of France as its preferred bidder in a $10 billion contest to supply its air force with a new fleet of advanced combat aircraft, the Rafale.

The Rafale is a twin-engine delta-wing multi-role jet fighter aircraft and is called an "omnirole" fighter by its manufacturer. Introduced in 2000, the Rafale is being produced both for land-based use and for carrier-based operations. Apart from France, India would be the only other country to use the Rafale. Through this photo gallery, we take a detailed look at the aircraft in its many variations.

Rafale armed with Mica air-to-air missile in air superiority configuration (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
A Rafale pulls a high G turn (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
The Rafale carries 9.5 tonnes of ordnance (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale equipped with Meteor extreme long range air-to-air missile (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale with METEOR air to air missile (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
METEOR air to air missiles have a range more than 100 kms (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale armed with AASM (Hammer) laser guided bomb (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale operates in any weather condition, day or night (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale on mission (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale armed with laser guided bombs (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Carrier-borne variant of the Rafale (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale armed with Hammer smart bombs (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale armed with SCALP long range ground attack stand-off missile (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale flying into the sunset (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale's cockpit (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale in reconaissance mission configuration with AREOS pod (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale blast off the deck of carrier (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale reconnaissance pod (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale refuelling midair (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale air to air refuelling (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Closeup of Rafale refuelling mid air (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Single and twin seat Rafale omnirole fighters in flight (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Two Rafales split (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Two-ship formation of Rafale omni-role fighters (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Maritime version of Rafale (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale over French carrier de Gaulle (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafales on deck of aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale operating off French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale traps arrestor hook on landing onboard carrier de Gaulle (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force
Rafale preparing for a mission (Image credit: Dassault Aviation)
France\'s Rafale Superfighter, soon in the Indian Air Force

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