Indian Air Force is preparing its newly-acquired Rafale fighter jets for night flying keeping in mind the ongoing border tensions between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
According to a Hindustan Times report, the IAF pilots of the Golden Arrows squadron, which flies the Rafale jets, have been practicing night operations in the the mountainous terrain of Himachal Pradesh to be prepared in case situation along the LAC worsens. The squadron is practicing Rafales with their Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile and SCALP air-to-ground stand-off weapon for any emergency call of duty.
The first batch of five Rafale aircraft, which arrived at IAF’s Ambala airbase on 29 July, is currently “fully operational”, as per the report.
According to a government official cited in by HT, the Rafales are being kept away from the LAC to prevent the Chinese radars, stationed in occupied Aksai Chin, to identify their frequency and jam it in any case.