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    What the Squadron 17 pilots, the Golden Arrows, wore while flying the mighty Rafales

    Golden Arrows fleet
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    Golden Arrows fleet

    The Rafale fleet, comprising three single seater and two twin seater aircraft, are being inducted into the IAF as part of its Ambala-based No 17 Squadron, also known as the 'Golden Arrows'. The 'Golden Arrows' was resurrected on Sep 10 last year. It was originally raised on Oct 1, 1951.

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    G suit endurance
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    G suit endurance

    A g-suit is a flight suit worn by aviators who are subject to high levels of acceleration force. It is designed to prevent a black-out caused by the blood pooling in the lower part of the body when under acceleration, thus depriving the brain of blood.

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    Israeli helmet-mounted displays
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    Israeli helmet-mounted displays

    The India specific Rafale comes with helmet mounted sights & targeting system to give the pilots lightning quick ability to shoot off weapons.

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    Oxygen mask
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    Oxygen mask

    Apart from delivering a continuous oxygen supply to the pilot, it also has a built in microphone.

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    Other capabilities
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    Other capabilities

    The aircraft is capable of carrying a range of potent weapons. European missile maker MBDA's Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile, Scalp cruise missile and MICA weapons system will be the mainstay of the weapons package of the Rafale jets. The IAF is also procuring a new generation medium-range modular air-to-ground weapon system Hammer to integrate with the Rafale jets.

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