HomeFrance has delivered 36 Rafale jets to Indian Air ForceFrance has delivered all 36 Rafale jets to Indian Air Force: French...

France has delivered all 36 Rafale jets to Indian Air Force: French Envoy

Source : DNA India

France has delivered all 36 Rafale jets to Indian Air Force: French Envoy
A Dassault Rafale jet fighter on display at the Aero India 2021 international aerospace and defence exhibition. (MARINA LYSTSEVA / TASS / GETTY IMAGES)

As the race for the Indian Navy’s fighter jets begins, France has announced the completion of an order for 36 Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Despite the global lockdown caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, Dassault Aviation of France delivered all combat planes on time. On the occasion of the French Day celebrations in New Delhi, French Envoy Emmanuel Lenain announced that 36 fighter jets had been handed to New Delhi.

Though officially all have been sent to India, only 35 of the 36 have arrived, with the remaining one waiting in France while all 13 India Specific Enhancements (ISE) are evaluated.

According to the Financial Express Online, this instrumented aircraft was the first manufactured for India and was called RB008. The initials RB refer to the then-IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. He was the Deputy Chief of the IAF at the time, and he had played a significant part in the contract discussions while leading the team.

The IAF does not have any fighters from the United States; it does, however, have French jets, such the Mirage 2000 and, more recently, the Dassault Aviation Rafale.

The €7.87 billion inter-governmental agreement (IGA) for 36 multi-role fighter planes in fly-away condition was signed in 2016, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement in April 2015.

In addition to the 35 combat aircraft that have arrived in India as of February this year, the Indian Air Force is also upgrading its current fleet of aircraft. The 13 ISE configurations that have passed tests, qualified, and been certified to be installed on board the aircraft are being added to these to enhance them.

Earlier this year, the French Rafale-M had come to India and demonstrated its compatibility and the F/A-18 Block III carried out a demonstration in May.

So far, the Indian Navy has received P-8I Patrol aircraft from Boeing Company, while the MH-60 ‘Romeo’ anti-submarine helicopters from US-based Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin is awaited.

The IAF also inducted AH-64E Apache Longbow attack Helicopters and heavyweight CH-47F (I) Chinooks, both from the Boeing Company.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Aatmanirbhar Bharat


Cochin Shipyard launches 3 Anti Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft for the Indian Navy

Source : The HinduThe first of the three ships in a series of eight Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Shallow Water Crafts being built by the...

BREAKING: DAC approves capital acquisition proposals worth Rs 2.23 lakh crore for Indian Armed Forces !!

Source : Asian News International (ANI)Defence Acquisition Council, under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, accorded approval for Acceptance of Necessity...

AMCA 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Updates

Most Popular

Recent Comments

Archive Months


DRDO, Army conduct trials of upgraded Pinaka rockets

Source : The Times of IndiaPinaka Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Jaisalmer: The ‘Make in India’ upgraded Pinaka Mk-I User (Enhanced) Rocket System (EPRS) surface-to-surface...

DRDO developing energy efficient AESA radar for unmanned aerial platforms

Source : Indian Defence Updates (IDU)Representative ImageThe DRDO's Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (ERDE) is developing a compact AESA airborne surveillance radar weighing 25...

Spanish Defence Company INDRA Installs First Naval Version of Advanced LANZA 3D Radar on Indian Navy P17A Stealth Frigates

Source : News BharatiSpanish Defence Company INDRA Installs First Naval Version of Advanced LANZA 3D Radar on Indian Navy P17A Stealth Frigates In a major...

Project-76 Alpha and Project-76: India to use either Super Scorpene or Shortfin Barracuda as a base for its indigenous SSN and P-76 SSKs for...

Source : IgMp BureauComputer Generated Image (CGI) of Indian Navy's Arihant class SSBN (Picture: Twitter @Kuntal_biswas)Indian Navy's Naval Design Bureau is working on a...
error: Content is protected !!