New Delhi, May 24
There will be no delay in delivering 36 Rafale fighter jets to India as the finalized supply schedule will be strictly adhered to, said French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain. India signed an intergovernmental agreement with France in September 2016 for the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft at a cost of around 58,000 crore rupees.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh received the first Rafale jet at an air base in France on October 8. “We are helping the Indian Air Force organize the ferry flight of the first four Rafales from France to India as soon as possible. So there is no reason today to assume that the timetable will not be met, “said the envoy. France is shaken by the swelling coronavirus cases and has become one of the most affected in Europe. Some feared that the delivery of Rafale aircraft would be delayed.
The IAF has already completed preparations, including the preparation of the required infrastructure and the training of pilots, to accommodate the fighter aircraft. The aircraft’s first squadron will be stationed at Ambala station, considered one of the most strategically located IAF bases. The Indo-Pakistan border is 220 km away. The second squadron will be stationed at the base of Hasimara in West Bengal. – PTI
Agreement signed in 2016
India signed an intergovernmental agreement with France in September 2016