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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Photograph - Rafale Fighter aircraft alongside Mirage 2000 [Armée de l'Air]

French Mirage 2000 & Rafale fighters parked side-by-side on the tarmac.

A sight that could become common at Indian Airbases too, in the near future. A line-up of France's latest aircraft, the Rafale, parked alongside the older Mirage 2000. The Indian Air Force [IAF] too operates the latter & the former had recently been declared contest winner of the multi-billion dollar Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft [MMRCA] acquisition programme.

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This photograph was recently shot at the Évreux-Fauville Air Base in France.

Given that the roundels painted on French & IAF aircrafts appear virtually the same from a distance, you might just be looking at a fleet of Indian Air Force's Rafale parked alongside its Mirage 2000s at some rain-drenched Air Force base, somewhere in the North-East, perhaps. Okay, squadron insignia needs to be neglected, too.


Related: Flight testing the Rafale - UK Test pilot's perspective