- Alive correspondent 07-01-2017
Frontline Indian Air Force base in Hasimara in West Bengal is likely to be one of the bases for a Rafale squadron, informed sources said on Friday.
Sukhoi-30MKI fighters already operating from Tezpur and Chabua in Assam, the IAF has now finalised plans for the first 18 Rafales to be stationed at the Hasimara airbase in Bengal from late-2019.
The Rafale jets are also capable of delivering nuclear weapons. This is a part of the overall policy to build nuclear as well as conventional deterrence against China
The then Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, told the media days before his retirement on December 31 that IAF needs at least 200 more fighter jets in the next 10 years.