Rajnath Singh to fly sortie in Rafale fighter jet on 8 Oct during France visit

Rajnath Singh to fly sortie in Rafale fighter jet on 8 Oct during France visit
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Minister Rajnath Singh will fly by a sortie in a Rafale fighter plane on 8 October from a French airbase in Paris to get first-hands on encounter of the aircraft, official references stated on Thursday.

Rajnath Singh is programmed to move to Paris on 7 October on a three-day visit, essentially to get the first of 36 Rafale fighter planes.

The commemoration to hand over the first Rafale plane will take place on 8 October, the establishment day of the Indian Air Force, the reports suggested.

there were also reports that the defense minister after getting the aircraft would take a sortie in the aircraft.

Topmost army officer of France as well as senior executives of Dassault Aviation, the creators of Rafale, will also be commenced at the handing over convention.

In July 2017, the then IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, flew a Rafale plane at the Saint-Dizier airbase through his appointment to France.

Rajnath Singh to fly sortie in Rafale fighter jet on 8 Oct during France visit

On 9 October, Singh is registered to continue extended talks with topmost defense officers of the French administration on measures to further increase defense and security association among the two countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured France in August throughout which both parties resolved to further intensify the previously close defense relations between the two countries.

India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September, 2016, for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.

The experts said the first group of the aircraft will be extended at Ambala air force station, which is rated one of the most strategically established bases of the IAF. The Indo-Pak boundary is about 220 km from there.

The second group of Rafale will be posted at Hasimara base in West Bengal.
Several IAF teams have previously visited France to help Dassault Aviation, the maker of Rafale, include India-specific intensifications on-board the fighter aircraft.

The Indian Air Force(IAF) has contributed approx of Rs 400 crore to produce expected foundation like shelters, hangers and carrying facilities at the two bases. According to the contract, the transportation of the jets was to be developed in 67 months from the date the agreement was signed.


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