Air Force Deputy Chief Flies Rafale Made By Dassault For India

The delivery of the Rafale jets -- capable of carrying a range of potent weapons and missiles -- is scheduled to begin from September next year.

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Air Force Deputy Chief Flies Rafale Made By Dassault For India

Air Marshal Nambiar flew the Rafale to assess its efficacy, sources said


New Delhi: 

Deputy Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar on Thursday flew a Rafale fighter jet manufactured by Dassault Aviation for India, official sources said.

Air Marshal Nambiar, who reached Paris four days ago, flew the aircraft in France to assess its efficacy, they said.

He is in France to also assess the progress in the production of Rafale jets by Dassault Aviation.

The delivery of the jets -- capable of carrying a range of potent weapons and missiles -- is scheduled to begin from September next year.

A team of the Indian Air Force is already in France to help Dassault Aviation to incorporate the India-specific avionics and weapons system in the aircraft.

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Deputy Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar is in France to also assess the progress in the production of Rafale jets by Dassault Aviation

The development comes amid a raging controversy in India over the deal to procure the Rafale fighter jets.

In 2016, the Narendra Modi government signed a government-to-government deal with France for purchase of 36 Rafale jets at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore. The Congress has been alleging irregularities in the deal, saying the UPA had finalised the price of each aircraft at Rs 526 crore while the NDA was buying the same jet at Rs 1,670 crore.

The government has refuted these allegations.



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