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Indian Navy Enhances Strength with Rafale Marine Fighters🚢

India's Navy, the fourth largest in the world, faces numerous challenges such as threats from enemy nations, maritime terrorism, and piracy. To bolster its capabilities, the Indian government has decided to augment the Navy's arsenal. Currently equipped with Russian-made MiG-29K aircraft, the addition of Rafale fighter jets is expected to enhance India's dominance in the Indian Ocean.

The acquisition of Rafale Marine fighter jets is crucial for India. Despite being the fourth largest navy, India faces stiff competition from China for dominance in the Indian Ocean. Over the decades, China has rapidly modernized its navy, which now includes aircraft carriers, warships, and nuclear-armed submarines.

While India's navy currently has MiG-29K aircraft and other missiles, the inclusion of Rafale fighter jets will be a significant boost. The number of MiG-29K aircraft has decreased from 45 to 40, and the addition of 26 Rafale fighter jets will strengthen the fleet.

By 2026, Rafale Marine aircraft are expected to be operational in the Indian Navy. Currently, India's naval arsenal includes two aircraft carriers. The Navy plans to deploy one carrier each on the western and eastern coasts to counter enemy nations.

A key objective of the Indian defense ministry is to check China's military bases in the Indian Ocean. To achieve this, the Indian Navy has been exploring options for advanced fighter jets. In 2016, the Air Force acquired Rafale jets, and Dassault Aviation was asked to modify these for naval use. With Dassault's agreement, India swiftly moved forward with the defense deal with France.

Defense experts believe that the Rafale-M will significantly enhance India's military prowess. The Indian Ocean, stretching from West Asia to Southeast Asia, can be effectively monitored with Rafale fighter jets. Last June, the Rafale jets were tested in the Arabian Sea.

Satisfied with the performance of the Rafale jets from the deck of INS Vikrant, the Indian Navy decided to place an order. This move aims to establish India as a maritime power. Overall, the Rafale deal is set to boost naval capabilities, giving a strong response to China's growing naval power.