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India formally receives the first Rafale fighter jet

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    12th Oct, 2020

  • The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation of France
  • Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform;
    • In-depth strike,
    • Anti-ship strike
    • Nuclear deterrence missions
  • In September 2016, India and France signed a €7.87 billion Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for 36 Rafale multi-role fighter jets in fly-away condition following the surprise announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2015.
  • The first batch of the jets will arrive in India only in May 2020.
  • By February 2021, India will receive 18 Rafale jets and by April 2022, India will get all the 36 Rafale.
  • The Rafale has been used in combat over Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, Iraq and Syria.

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