With the ongoing tension from China, the arrival of Rafale fighter jets is believed to increase India’s strength. The second consignment of Rafale fighter jets is expected to reach India soon. As a result, a team of Indian Air Force officers has reached France to review the Rafale project. Air Force officials gave this information on Thursday.
Air Force officials said the second consignment of Rafale planes could reach India in the next four weeks. Explain that France handed over the first consignment of Rafale fighter jets to India. Five Rafale planes reached India on 29 July, which were inducted into the Indian Air Force during a formal program on 10 September. The aircraft will be deployed at the Kalikunda Air Force Station in West Bengal, which will guard the eastern border with China. The Indian government signed a deal of Rs 59,000 crore with France to buy 36 Rafale aircraft four years ago to increase the strength of the Air Force.
Officials said that several teams of the Indian Air Force (IAF) visited France from January to now. The Rafale project management team of the Indian Air Force has an office in Paris, headed by a group captain-rank officer. The team is tasked with coordinating training of the crew along with the production timeline. He informed that a team of experts arrived in France earlier this week to train pilots and technicians under the leadership of the Assistant Chief (Projects) of the Air Force.
Air Chief Marshal Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria had said on 5 October that all 36 Rafale fighter jets would be coming to India by the year 2023. France has handed over 10 Rafale fighter jets to India, of which five are currently in France. In this, Indian Air Force pilots are being trained.