India will receive the first set of 36 Rafale fighter jets in a government ceremony on September 20. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoawith be there with the top brass of France for the ceremony. Senior officials of Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale will also attend the ceremony.
On September 2016 in Paris, India inked an inter-governmental defense deal with France to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of approximately Rs. 58,000 crore. France agreed to complete the deliver of jets in 67 months from the date of contract.
IAF preparing for Rafale jets
The IAF spent around Rs. 400 crore for developing infrastructure for the Rafale jets and on training of pilots. The jets would be stationed in two strategic airbases – Ambala air force station in Punjab and Hasimara base in West Bengal. Both the airbases are being upgraded with new hangers, shelters and maintenance facilities.
India-specific Rafale jets
Dassault is making India-specific jets that includes Israeli helmet-mounted display, 10-hour flight data recording, low band jammers, radar warning receivers and infra-red search and tracking systems.
In July 2017, the Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa flew a Rafale jet at the Saint-Dizier airbase to experience the flight operation of the aircraft during his visit to France.
Narendra Modi led government wen ahead with the deal to buy Rafale jets at the said price despite the Congress leveling charges of corruption on rates of the aircraft. The government refuted the charges. For more information please visit our latest trending News