Jaipur: The versatile Rafale fighter aircraft is set to be deployed at the strategically significant Jodhpur Air Force Base on Pakistan’s border and Ambala. MiG-27 and MiG-23 are already deployed at the Jodhpur Air Base which is a permanent base for the army exercises.

Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircrafts (MMRCA) capable of carrying surface to air and air to surface missiles are to be delivered by French company Dassault in three years.

According to the sources, the first squadron of the combat aircraft fleet will be deployed at the Jodhpur and Ambala Air Base to strengthen the security on Pakistan border.

It is to be noted, the biggest defence deal in Indian history worth Rs 50,000 crore has been inked after four years of efforts. Under the deal, Dassault will deliver 126 supersonic aircrafts to the Indian Air Force. The first contingent of 18 aircrafts will be provided in 2015 and the remaining 108 aircrafts will be manufactured in coordination with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

While 6 aircrafts will be manufactured in the first year, 20 aircrafts will be manufactured every year thereafter.

According to the IAF sources, the Jodhpur Air Base is of critical importance from strategic point of view and is considered to be of highly decisive position.

The first fleet of supersonic Sukhoi-30 MKI delivered by Russia was deployed at the Jodhpur Air Base and a decade later a Sukhoi squadron also was deployed in October last year at the base.

Before the deal was inked, the aircrafts of the MMRCA category were tested in all geographical and adverse climates of the country. The Rafale aircraft proved its worth during the successful trial in the heat of 48 degree Celsius in Jodhpur and in freezing cold of minus 40 degrees in Leh.

(JPN/Bureau)