Added on : 2019-10-08 18:26:41
Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday took "delivery" of the first of the 36 Rafale fighter jets acquired from Dassault Aviation for the Indian Air Force in the French town of Bordeaux. At the handover ceremony, Singh called it a historic day for Indian forces, and a milestone moment for Indo-French bilateral ties as he impressed upon Dassault the need to maintain the delivery timeline. "I am happy that the delivery of Rafale is on schedule. The jet will add to the strength of our forces," he said. The first batch of four Rafale jets will fly to their home base in India only by May 2020.