DECEMBER 9, 2022
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36 Rafale jets delivered to India: French envoy

36 Rafale jets delivered to India: French envoy
  • France had  all 36 Rafale  jets to India, said the France Envoy  in India,  Emmanuel Lenaina,  speaking on the sideline of the French National day celebration on Thursday.  However, while 35 Jets have arrived in India,  one jets  still remains  in France, official sources said.
  •                One Rafale jet, which is the instrumented aircraft on which the 13 India specific enhancement (ISE) are being tested,  is still in France, an  official source said on Friday. The  last batch  of 3 Rafale jets had arrived in India in February, taking the total Rafale jets  in Inventory of the Indian Air Force 35.
  •                The naval variant of the french jet,  Rafale- M,  is in the race along with boeing  F-18 super Hornet for the Indian Navy's tander for jets  to operate from its aircraft carriers. in January,  The Rafale -M had demonstrated its  compatibility by operating from the navy's short-best test facility in Goa, while the  F-18 carried out demonstration in May.
  •                         India and France had signed a €7.87 billion intergovernmental agreement (IGA)  in September 2016 for 36 Rafale multi-role fighter jets in Fly-Away condition,  following the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2015 citing "critical operational necessity" of the IAF. 

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