[CENTER][FONT=arial][SIZE=5]How does the Rafale and the Eurofighter have attracted Indians
[/FONT]L'Usine Nouvelle , May 25
The flight evaluations, which took place during the spring and summer of 2010, lasted over a month for each aircraft in the running. Everyone went in a single line, F/A 18 and F 16, Gripen, Rafale, Typhoon and finally Mig.
Indian pilots have been busy! All configurations were tested: flight at high altitude, low altitude, desert environment, emergency landing, stop and restart the engines [...]
Moreover the Indians fired weapons, missiles and cannon. They combed through the deployment capabilities of the aircrafts with their maintenance crews and mechanics, with for example the timing of an engine change.
Any cancellation of a flight for technical reasons - and it can happen in this kind of evaluation - was taken into account. According to some sources, the Rafale and Typhoon have scored valuable points on such criteria. "A potential customer wants not only a super-efficient fighter, he also wants a reliable machine whose user cost is reasonable to at least 30 years ", says an expert.
The aircrafts were also pitted against Indian MiG in simulated air combats. And for this to be possible, the Indian pilots had to train on simulators and real flights in each concerned country. Dassault has received them at Istres a soon as early 2009, more than a year before the assessments themselves. A real marathon!