On Monday, the set of five Rafale Fighter jets flew out of France. These fighter jets will reach India on Wednesday. Four ago the Centre signed a deal with France for a total of 36 units, of Fighter jets, a part of Rs. 59,000 crore agreement.
From South France’s Bordeaux’s Merignac airbase these fighter jets took off. The formal induction of these jets will take place into the Indian Air Force in Ambala, Haryana.
“Beauty and the Beast”- Rafale Fighter Aircraft,” the Indian Embassy in France tweeted along with videos of the jet. “Ready to take-off!!”
Javed Ashraf, India’s Ambassador to France visited Rafale manufacturer Dassault’s unit and also spoke to pilots before take-off. The Indian Embassy said that 12 air force pilots and engineering crew members are fully trained to fly the jets.
“Delivery of ten aircraft has been completed on schedule,” the Indian Embassy said. “Five will stay back in France for training Mission. The delivery of all thirty six aircraft will be completed on schedule by the end of 2021.”
Approximately 7,000 kilometres will be covered by the Rafale jets from France to India. The jets will have only one stop at a French base in the UAE (United Arab Emirates).
Last year, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was handed over the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets at an elaborate ceremony at the Merignac air-base in Bordeaux.
An inter-governmental agreement was signed between India and France in September 2016 to procure the 36 fighter jets worth Rs 59,000 crore. The deal became the centre of controversy ahead of the Lok Sabha elections as the Congress alleged wrongdoing and favouritism by the government.
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