Mar 15, 2015
Indian Navy Submitted an RFI to Dassault about the Rafale M Carrier Capable Variant
India and France are in final negotiation for the procurement of 126 Rafale fighters for the Indian Air Force.
Indian Navy's current (INS Vikramaditya, INS Viraat) and near term (INS Vikrant) aircraft carriers are all fitted with a ramp for STOBAR type operations (Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery). While likely capable of STOBAR operations, the Rafale M capabilities would be maximized with a CATOBAR type aircraft carrier (Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery) like the French Navy aircraft carrier.
Indian Navy's future INS Vishal might be nuclear-powered carrier with CATOBAR system.