India Receives First Rafale Jet: All you need to know about the Deal

MoD Rajnath Singh receives first Rafale jet in France performs Shastra Puja



Defence Minister rajnath Nath Singh on 08th Oct 2019 received the first of the total 36 Rafale fighter jet in the French port city of Bordeux. He performed "Shastra Puja" on the auspicious occasion of the "Vijaydashami".


The  First Rafale Fighter Jet Bearing the tail number RB-001 denoted the initials of Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria who played a key role in the signing of the biggest ever defence deal of India with over Rs. 60,000 crore for 36 fighter planes.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also flew sortie on the newly inducted French-built Rafale, which was formely handed over to India on 08th Oct 2019."The handing over ceremony of the fighter jet was completed after Shastra Pujja. 


The French defence minister handed over Rafale to our Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. He said,"we will get 18 Rafale jets by February 2021 and rest 18 will be received by april-may 2022". With the induction of the Rafale, the combat capability of the Indian Air Force has increased.


The two Rafale squadrons will be based at Ambala in Haryana and Hasimara in West Bengal, covering the western and eastern fronts. The Rafale is the first imported jet to be inducted into the Indian Air Force in 22 years, after the Russian Sukhoi-30 jets entered service in June 1997.


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