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First Batch Of Rafales For India Flies Out Of France

The Rafale aircraft will cover a distance of almost 7,000 km from France to India with air-to-air refueling and a single stop at a French air base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The first batch of five Rafale jets left France today and will arrive in India on Wednesday, July 29, when the fighter jets will be officially entered and join the Indian Air Force fleet in Ambara de Haryana. The fighter jets, built by the French aviation firm Dassault, took off today from Merignac airbase in southern France in Bordeaux.
The five planes will be the first leg of the 36 planes purchased by India from France in an intergovernmental agreement of Rs 59 billion in 2016.

Twelve IAF pilots and members of the engineering team are fully trained and trained on Rafale fighter jets.

The Rafale aircraft will cover a distance of almost 7,000 km from France to India with air-to-air refueling and a single stop at a French air base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“The delivery of ten aircraft was completed as scheduled. Five will remain in France to train Mission. The delivery of all thirty-six aircraft will be completed as scheduled by the end of 2021,” the Indian embassy in France said in a statement.

The Indian Ambassador to France, Jawed Ashraf, interacted with the Indian pilots before they took off from France.

“Bon Voyage: The Indian Ambassador to France interacts with the Indian Rafale pilots. He congratulates them and wishes them a safe flight to India with a single jump,” the Indian Embassy in France tweeted.

Rafale fighter jets are capable of carrying a range of highly effective weapons, including the Meteor air-to-air missile and the Scalp cruise missile.

The Rafale aircraft will come with several India-specific modifications, including Israeli helmet-mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low-band blockers, 10-hour flight data recording, infrared search, and tracking systems, among others.

The Air Force has prepared the infrastructure required to receive the planes in their alignment.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh last month had a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Florence Parly, who assured that the delivery of the first batch of aircraft would take place on schedule despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Dassault, delivered to India, remained in France as part of a training program for pilots and technicians of the Indian Air Force.

Last October Rajnath Singh had made a three-day tour to France to participate in the delivery event at a Dassault Aviation facility in the Merignac area of ​​Bordeaux, about 590 km from Paris. Singh had taken a 20-minute departure on the plane after taking a pooja.

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