Mumbai: In a huge development for India, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has received the first of 36 Rafale Aircraft in the French port city of Bordeaux.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “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,” and added, “Today marks a new milestone in India-France strategic partnership. I look forward to taking a sortie in the Rafale aircraft.”
Had an excellent meeting with the President of France Mr. @EmmanuelMacron at Elysee Palace in Paris today.
We had a comprehensive discussion covering a wide range of issues. pic.twitter.com/WFInexU8sm
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 8, 2019
Singh said, “It is a symbolic day for India,” adding that Rafale will add strength to our air force. “Our focus is to enhance the capabilities of the Indian Air Force with the help of the strong cooperation of France.”
In particular, the Rafale aircraft is a twin jet that can be operated from the base of the aircraft carrier as well as the shore. The battle jet is designed to be a fully versatile aircraft capable of carrying out all the aviation missions of the Indian Air Force to achieve superiority in terms of air defense.