Thursday, October 03, 2019

Touching skies: Defence minister Rajnath Singh to fly Rafale next week

Defence minister Rajnath Singh will create history when he flies a sortie on the French `Rafale’ fighter aircraft next week.
Highly placed Ministry of Defence (MoD) source has confirmed to the Financial Express Online that “The minister will be flying a sortie on the two-seater trainer `Rafale’ fighter aircraft when it is formally handed over at a ceremony in Paris on October 8.” The first fighter jet has been designated as RB008.
As has been reported earlier, the defence minister will be flying next week to Paris and will be formally handed over the first of the 36 Rafale aircraft from the French company Dassault Aviation. The date is an auspicious day when it is the Air Force Day as well as Dussehra. “The first aircraft will be used for advanced training of the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots and will come at the last to India,” said a senior IAF officer.
The 36 aircraft that India has bought are through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route and next year in summer eight will reach India. Eight out 36 fighter jets which India has purchased through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) will arrive next summer.
03/10/19 Huma Siddiqui/Financial Express
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