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    Why India has parked its Rafales in Ambala

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    200 kilometers away
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    200 kilometers away

    India just recently received the first five Rafales from France and got them delivered to the Ambala Air Force Base in Haryana, 200 kilometers from the Pakistan and China borders, here’s why.

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    Chinese tensions
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    Chinese tensions

    With tensions across the Chinese border coming to a head in June - resulting in the death of 20 soldiers on the Indian side - the subcontinent has raised its defences.

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    Ready to deploy
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    Ready to deploy

    The 36 Rafales - part of a $9.4 billion deal - built by Dassault Aviation are top of the line, and already having made a training pit stop for pilots and mechanics in France, are ready to go.

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    Top of the line
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    Top of the line

    The supersonic fighter jet can operate air to air missiles like the MICA, long-range missiles like the METEOR and HAMMER - Highly Agile and Manoeuvrable Munition Extended Range - which has modular, rocket-boosted air-to-ground precision-guided weapon series and laser-guided bombs with different warheads.

    Adding to the war chest
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    Adding to the war chest

    India is using the Rafales, as well as 33 new Russian fighter jets and 59 upgraded ones worth $2.4 billion to augment the existing Air Force ranks, even buying S-400 missile systems - worth $5.4 billion -from Russia.

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