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Added on : 2019-09-10 19:32:10

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will travel to France on October 8 to receive the first Indian Rafale combat aircraft manufactured by French firm Dassault Aviation that will come to India only next year. "October 8 is auspicious for two reasons. It is both Dussehra and Air Force day on that day," government sources said. The Defence Minister will travel along with Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and other senior officials to receive the aircraft from France.

The Rafale jets will come with various India-specific modifications, including Israeli helmet-mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10-hour flight data recording, infra-red search and tracking systems among others.

The IAF has already completed preparations, including readying required infrastructure and training of pilots, to welcome the fighter aircraft.

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