Thursday, February 10, 2011

Rafale, Check!

I've been given the chance to be the first Indian journalist to fly in the Dassault Rafale (the one in the picture) at Aero India, where it makes its first public appearance in the country. As this post gets published, I should be in the air over Yelahanka with a Dassault test pilot in a French Air Force twin-seater Rafale that's just done some time in Afghanistan. Will be doing a special report for Headlines Today on this, the least visible of the six contenders in the India's $12-billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) competition. Stay tuned.

12 comments :

Anonymous said...

Happy Flying...!

Aditya said...

Brilliant! Looking forward to reading all about it.

Jakes said...

Beautiful bird. Hope it wins the mmrca for the air force. It can also be chosen by the navy bringing about uniformity in aircraft type. My only grouse being the non retracting refueling probe, just like on the mirage 2000. Give it a higher thrust engine and you've got a masterpiece.

RP Defense said...

Congratulations ! you're really lucky !

Anonymous said...

LUCKY B****D

Anonymous said...

So proud of u!

Rahul Devnath said...

Great going Shiv, the high G take off was wonderful, I'm sure you would have enjoyed it it..cheers!

Devesh said...

great Shiv, tell us your experience.

satya said...

congrats shiv

Anonymous said...

u seem to be plaing meera radia on this mmrca deal or seem to try to have some influence....????

Shubham said...

Congrats Shiv! looking fwd to seeing the video of the flight!

Anonymous said...

There is some thing common between you and Ratan Tata no not the money you got to fly in one of the MMRCA contenders