French defence minister prone to go to India to attend Rafale induction ceremony

New Delhi, August 28

French Defence Minister Florence Parly is prone to go to India round September 10 to attend a ceremony to formally induct the 5 Rafale fighter jets into the Indian Air Force (IAF) and maintain talks along with her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh to additional enhance strategic ties, individuals aware of the event mentioned on Friday.

They mentioned the IAF had proposed September 10 to carry the ceremony, including that each the Indian and French sides had been in contact with one another for the potential go to by Parly.

The first batch of 5 Rafale fight jets, manufactured by French aerospace main Dassault Aviation, arrived on the Ambala airbase on July 29. The jets are but to be formally inducted into the IAF.

Sources mentioned the Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the whole prime army brass of the nation will attend the occasion on the Ambala airbase.

In a telephonic dialog with Singh on June 2, Parly had conveyed her readiness to go to India to additional discover methods to reinforce bilateral defence ties.

India had signed an inter-governmental settlement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a value of round Rs 58,000 crore.

The Rafale jet is able to carrying a variety of potent weapons. European missile maker MBDA’s Meteor past visible vary air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile would be the mainstay of the weapons package deal of the Rafale jets.

Meteor is a next-generation past visible vary air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) designed to revolutionise air-to-air fight. The weapon has been developed by MBDA to fight widespread threats going through the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden.

Of the 36 Rafale jets, 30 shall be fighter jets and 6 shall be trainers. The coach jets shall be twin-seater and they’re going to have nearly all of the options of the fighter jets.

While the primary squadron of the Rafale jets shall be stationed on the Ambala airbase, the second shall be based mostly on the Hasimara base in West Bengal. PTI

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