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45 Comments on "FIRST HAND: Flying The Dassault Rafale"

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5 years 3 months ago

Only you truly deserved it…happy and proud gaata!!!

henty
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5 years 3 months ago

Awesome….Kudoos to u man…u earned it….cheers…

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

For all the hard work that you do, this truly is befitting! Hope you get more such opportunities in future.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

very interesting
thxs for sharing !

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

Nice report…. Got my adrenaline rushi' on reading that report… Any news about the possible "winners"of the MMRCA???? Also, I wanted to know what's wrong with the painting schemes of our Su-30MKI????? They seem as if they have been patched, unevenly painted, Look black at places and dull all over. I had seen the same issues with our Mi-17s. Also, while all other planes in the show(as observed by me from ur pics) are grayish in colour while the Indian planes are a bit bluish…. Any specific Reasons????

Prashanth
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Prashanth
5 years 3 months ago

Oh wow, live the dream Shiv! Great writeup too.. btw, which were the other 4 that you'd flown in before the Rafale? Gripen, F16, and?

Rahul M
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5 years 3 months ago

very very well written !

Kapil Sharma
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Kapil Sharma
5 years 3 months ago

Great stuff… Compare all your flights in one of the posts.. relive the momory

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

R u sure u pulled in 9G's?? If yes.. then u join d unofficial 9G club and the rafael needs a check.

Mr. Ra
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Mr. Ra
5 years 3 months ago

A saga of weird but precious experiences. Congrats.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

Niiice ! thanks for the report !

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

Congratulations!

I understand each report on a flight will be favourable without much criticsm to not upset the vendors offering them. That is normal journalism. However is there anything you can say comparing the situational awereness on mission systems. My impression would be that the French and Swedes is at leats one step ahead of everyone else. Your impression?

Som
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Som
5 years 3 months ago

I hope we get to see Rafale in IAF colours 🙂

Kartik
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Kartik
5 years 3 months ago

Nicely written Shiv ! What were your comparisons between the F-16 Block 60 and the Rafale ? That would be a nice article, if you can remember the Block 60 flight now.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

Nice read, Shiv.

Vinz
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Vinz
5 years 3 months ago

Its all well for the plane companies to fly out journalists on sorties.

But I do wish journalist see the conflict-of-interest angles in these.

I am sure a ride in the most unsuited MMRCA plane will be extremely exhilarating. How could one put up unflattering remarks about planes that are in the top tier?

I am just happy the MMRCA selections will be done by professionals (never mind the babus).

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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

You're so lucky! Thanks for sharing the experience….

sanu
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5 years 3 months ago
Shiv,can u confirm an information that mmrca plane numbers will be increased from 126 to almost twice at 260 planes!i heard it sometimes ago.as the jaguars upgrade deal didnt succeed,there is more than chance that mmrca is also gonna replace em.dassault which was to upgrade jags qouted around $2.3 billion!!that means almost $46 mil for a single bird wid no major airframe,engine or any upgrades.wtf?dude,a single brand new f16 costs around $35 mil.!no doubt,iaf declined!Jags r well 20yrs old so,will barely last untill 2020.why wouldnt we go for a new plane which will last longer n also come cheaper!seeing the… Read more »
sanu
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5 years 3 months ago

and yeah thanks 4 share ur experience wid us!cheers!

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

am really glad it was you who got this flight, since you write so beautifully and have shared this experience with us. it was almost like we are with you in the cockpit. congratulations on something well deserved.

Dinakar Peri
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5 years 3 months ago

Congrats Shiv… sounds exhilarating nice work. Thanks for all the updates of the show as always…

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

Shiv Wish you had the oppurtunity to fly the Typhoon then you would be only person to have flown all the contenders apart from the IAF pilots Gr8 going..
I think India will get atleast 250 birds reason Mig-27 is agening as well along with Jags what say?

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Fishbed
5 years 3 months ago

@sanu
Just read somewhere that IAF is thinking about getting the sanctioned squad strength up to 45. Could fit well in the scenario. More the merrier!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

Congratulations…. so now its just the EF which is left.. would very much like to hear the final verdict on flight experience after flying all.

SpArK

Sujan
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Sujan
5 years 3 months ago

Whew! Shiv…and wow!

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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago
Shiv, Do you realize what is so good about this report. I don't think you do… You have 'written' after a long time. For some time now your entries are photographs and links and nothing else. There is no opinion and engagement with your reader. Realize it or not but people come to your blog to read what you think (and what you know). I was going through some old entries on your blog and you did write long ones then. If I want photos and links then google is enough. Provocative titles and no elaboration is not enough. I… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

stunning piece of writing. i take my hat off to you. i would nominate this for aviation writing of the year if there was such a forum. heartfelt kudos.

capital P
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capital P
5 years 3 months ago

you puked ??

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

You beauty, you beauty. The plane, I mean. But you too, Shiv. Wow.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

One of the best articles you have wrote!!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

Ah! my favorite MMRCA aircraft. But I also understand that the MMRCA that is selected won't fly from yelahanka but from LEH/Nyoma. And sadly from what we heard from there the Rafale did not do as well as the typhoon in the cold start trials.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

Congrats Shiv! Looking forward to an in-depth analysis. Thanks for such articles. Keep it coming. You have a loyal readership on everything that is of the Indian Military; Technology and Talent!

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

Great article ! Great airplane ! Congrats !

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

lucky sob. good writeup dude. the rafale sounds like a kickass machine. im sure you've also left a lot of iaf pilots envious. 😉

satbir
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5 years 3 months ago

congrats!!!

Rituraj
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5 years 3 months ago

If any Indian journalist deserves to fly all these fighters, its only you man, so much hard work and dedication and unbiased reporting in times when questions are raised on the integrity of journalists everyday!

Ajai
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5 years 3 months ago

Hi Shiv,
Just read this piece… beautifully written. Too bad that journalists have stopped conveying the flavour of an experience the way you have here.
I especially like the way you contrast Dassault's enigmatic silence with the shrill American platitudes that we get to hear so long and loud.
Cheers,
Ajai

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Anonymous
5 years 3 months ago

i second what ajai has commented. this is possibly one of the best bits of aviation writing i have seen in the last five years. really got the sense that we were with you in the rafale! grateful for the ride!

P.N.S.
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P.N.S.
4 years 3 months ago

thanks for the artcle shiv,very graphic.will some one analyse the
2 primary areas influencing fighters-(i)aerodynamics and (ii)
energy states-how does the Rafael
compare to the opposition?
i am leaving out the other 2 factors avionics and weapons for the time

cosmicwarrior
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4 years 3 months ago

Completely jealous and at the same time very happy for you.
I write my own blog…am a novice. I gather stories about heroes who have died in battle.
Am an ex-army officer and wanted my kids to appreciate the sacrifices of our soldiers.
I also wanted to ask for your permission to link to your articles in my blog, with your copyright info and credits.

Thanks,
Naveen

Anonymous
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Anonymous
4 years 3 months ago

For this great blog called LiveFist that you have created, man…i truly wish by my heart, you will in an FGFA on day…

my best wishes…
– Another Anonymous

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