In a historic occasion, India has formally acquired the first Rafale fight jet in Bordeaux, France, as Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was handed over the fighter jet by Dassault Aviation on Tuesday, October 8.
The Defence Minister took a tour of the manufacturing plant of Dassault Aviation in Merignac earlier than the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first Rafale jet. A conventional Shastra Puja was additionally carried out as part of Dussehra celebrations earlier than the handover.
The conventional coconut breaking was additionally carried out earlier than the brand new plane. Following the Shastra Puja, Singh will fly a sortie in the Rafale jet. The ceremony was witnessed by the highest officers of the French navy and senior officers of Dassault aviation was additionally current throughout the occasion.
“I am happy that the delivery of Rafale aircraft is on schedule, I am confident that this will add further strength to our Air Force. I wish cooperation between our two major democracies further increases in all sectors,” mentioned Rajnath Singh.
“It is also the 87th Air Force Day, therefore the day becomes symbolic in so many ways,” he added.
As part of the Rs 59,000 crore deal made in September 2016 for 36 Rafale twin-jet fighter jets, the first batch of 4 jets are anticipated to reach in India on May 2020. And the remaining fight jets might be delivered by September 2022.