NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart Florence Parly and India’s top military brass will attend a ceremony in Ambala airbase on Thursday to formally induct 5 Rafale fighter jets into the Indian Air Force, officials said.
Parly and Singh will hold talks in Ambala on ways to further deepen bilateral defence and security cooperation after the ceremony, they said.
The French Defence Minister is scheduled to arrive on Thursday morning and will depart late afternoon, the officials said.
The first batch of 5 Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, nearly 4 years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 of the aircraft at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore. The jets are produced by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation.
Ten Rafale jets have been delivered to India so far and 5 of them stayed back in France for imparting training to IAF pilots. The delivery of all 36 aircraft is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. (PTI)