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  1. 1

    Fishbed

    Was the winco reckless?

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  2. 2

    Raghu

    It is very much necessary to hear Abhinandan version because, it will clear doubts whether AMRAAM was first launched or R-73, because disengaging after being locked on by AMRAAM without hitting back with R-73 would not have taken down F-16 and just by disengaging Abhi could not have broken AMRAAM lock as he will be in no escape zone of highly capable AMRAAM missile.

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  3. 3

    Anants

    Well why Meteor is being factored here? Wont that give Abhinandan a better chance at detecting and shooting at Intruder at much longer ranges?

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  4. 4

    Ravi

    Modi is now the brand ambassador for Rafale. So Dassault has found a customer and brand ambassador at no additional cost!

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  5. 5

    Akash

    Modi is right, the Rafale has an automated self defense suite with a MAWS triggering both ECM and Chaff and Flares, this alone would have given a much better fighting chance. Secondly, Rafale has sensor fusion,its not just maps but the overall aircraft threat picture is available on the central MFD allowing the pilot to make critical decisions on whether to engage or disengage. I guess the pilots you spoke to are unaware of both these aspects.

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    1. 5.1

      OCN

      Why were Su-30s not deployed? Why is the PM talking about aircraft that are not even inducted?

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    2. 5.2

      Sundeep Shukla

      I believe that the CDR made a fatal judgement. He allowed the heat of the battle to make his decision. His aircraft is LOCKED ON by the enemy. Ground control tells him to break off his engagement ,and that he is now in Pakistani airspace with all it’s air defence network on the ready. That he is alive and back is a miracle (a chain of miracles actually). Fighter pilots are aggressive by nature – they have to be. But he could have led his squadron or wing into disaster.

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  6. 6

    Sandeep

    Sir why not surface to surface cruise missiles can’t be used in such Operation? They are also precision guided right

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  7. 7

    Vijay

    You are fundamentally wrong. Mig-21 was indeed not hit by the Amraam, as far as the info available it was the technical snag that took the Mig to the other side of the border after hitting the adversary with R73. I dont know whether a running away aircraft can engage a chasing aircraft with air to air missile. So in that sense any plane other than Mig21 would have survived.

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  8. 8

    Lokesh

    Rafale definitely would have helped us fight from well within our borders, but 36 Rafale aircrafts can’t be placed all along the stretch of border, we had 8 aircrafts composing of various aircrafts as per availability. We are far away from having All Rafales or equivalents

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  9. 9

    Nikhil Makhijani

    I feel that when Modi claimed that Rafale would make a difference was referring to the fact that due to the delay by the then UPA government not singing and finishing the purchase. We have had to wait till further delay and then under NDA managing to finally get just 36.

    If we had got much bigger number then PAF would not even dare to think of doing what they tried

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  10. 10

    harsh

    pakistani air Marshall saying they have shot down either su30 or mirage along with 1 mig21 is that true??

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  11. 11

    Ankit

    Any news about other two targets ?

    Total 12 Mirages took off to drop payloads with Su30 & MIGs for air support.

    Each Mirage was carrying 1000kg bomb to be dropped. There is no news saying Balakot was hit by 12 bombs. Each were saying 4-5 bombs were dropped.

    So other Mirages dropped their payload some where else. On the day of Balakot news channels were talking about 3-4 targets so what did happen to at least other two targets ?

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  12. 12

    ball

    The next thing is big data churning on aircraft. Once fused data sensors are fed to an AI, it will automate and aid the pilot in a lot of things. Big data should be on each aircraft of tomorrow including LCA because it can now be packed in a square ft of space and is not that power hungry as it used to be.

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  13. 13

    DJ

    Rafael has one of the best if not the best fighter mounted self protection suite called SPECTRA. With active jamming in 2Ghz frequency in which AMRAAM operates, it can automatically reduce effectiveness of active radar homing of AMRAAM. The EW capabilities of the SPECTRA system proved itself in Libya and in multiple NATO exercises and being capable of protecting the Rafale from fairly high-end threats which normally would require complex suppression packages or stealth aircraft to bypass.

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    Sundeep Shukla

    I believe that the CDR made a fatal judgement. He allowed the heat of the battle to make his decision. His aircraft is LOCKED ON by the enemy. Ground control tells him to break off his engagement ,and that he is now in Pakistani airspace with all it’s air defence network on the ready. That he is alive and back is a miracle (a chain of miracles actually). Fighter pilots are aggressive by nature – they have to be. But he could have led his squadron or wing into disaster.

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  15. 15

    Sundeep Shukla

    I believe that it was the CDR’s lucky day. His decision to pursue an enemy aircraft across the LOC in spite of being locked on by a BVRAAM was perhaps a brave gesture made in the heat of the air battle. That he bought down an F-16 is remarkable. However, fact remains that he chose to ignore ground radar warnings. He entered into perhaps the top 3 most volatile air defence sectors on the planet. He was lucky on every count : from ejection, capture, captivity up to return to India. He could have clearly jeopardised any and all of his wing and led them into disaster. His gamble gives him a thumbs up in the news, but professionally speaks poorly of him. Hope he learns from this and leads his men better.

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  16. 16

    Monika Jangir

    We support Modi. As Rafale aircrafts definitely would helped us to fight with our enemies.

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  17. 17

    Ramesh Talwar

    Looks like the pilots in the interview are not fully briefed about Rafale’s capability? Otherwise why would SPECTRA not even be discussed/mentioned for point#1? Would SPECTRA have made a difference?

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