Another batch of Rafale jets soon

Why is it in news?
  • India will receive another 8 to 9 Rafale jets from France by mid-May.
  • The new arrival would complete the first squadron of the fighters in the Indian Air Force (IAF), which currently has 14 jets.
  • The IAF is all set to operationalise the second Rafale squadron at Hasimara in West Bengal later this month.
  • Last September, the IAF inducted the batch of five Rafales.
  • Total 36 Rafales contracted from France under a €7.87 billion Inter-Governmental Agreement signed in September 2016 with 13 India Specific Enhancements (ISE).
Source: The Hindu.

Posted by Jawwad Kazi on 5th Apr 2021