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‘Rafale Aircraft’ became popular during the run up to the last Parliament election and thereafter. Thanks to the politicians who were instrumental in making it popular. The aircraft further climbed the popularity chart after the recent orders from the Supreme Court. 

Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafale, believes that the shortlisting of Rafale by the highly professional Indian Air Force pilots is a major milestone for this aircraft. Apart from the Indian Air Force, Egypt and Qatar have placed orders for this versatile machine. The UAE is also in the process of acquiring Rafale. 

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By Cdr (Dr) Jayakrishnan N Nair

Commander (Dr) Jayakrishnan N Nair (Retd), is an Aerospace Engineer by profession. He has served in the Indian Navy for 25 years. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, a DRDO TDF Expert, Life Member of the Aeronautical Society of India, All India Management Association, Computer Society of India and Indian Society of Training and Development. Apart from an MTech (Aero) and MBA, he has been honoured with a Doctorate in Advanced Studies (Aerospace/Science) by the University of Azteca, Mexico. An Associate Member at MP-IDSA, New Delhi and Senior Fellow (Defence and Military Analysis) at the Centre for Public Policy Research.

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