French defence minister Florence Parly to visit India on 10 Sept to attend Rafale induction ceremony
By- Bhumika Bansal
The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on 29 July, nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France
French defence minister Florence Parly will visit India to attend the Rafale fighter jet's induction ceremony on 10 September, reports said.
While the visit, she hold a meeting with her Indian fellow Rajnath Singh, and also meet with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. she will go along with defence officers and French defence industry representatives.
The induction ceremony of Rafale jets will be taking place on 10 September in Ambala air force station in presence of Singh, Chief Minister of Defence , Staff General Bipin Rawat and the entire top military officers of Our country.
The Indian and French sides both are in touch with each other on the suggested visit by Parly.
In a conversation with Rajnath Singh on 2 June, Parly had conveyed her Prepardness to visit India for further explore things to enhance bilateral defence ties.
The first group of five Rafale jets arrived in India on 29 July, nearly four years completion after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to obtain 36 of the aircraft at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore.
The jets are yet to be formally inducted into the Indian Air Force.
Around Ten Rafale jets have been delivered in India till now, from which five stayed back in France for imparting training to Indian Air Force pilots. The delivery of all 36 aircraft is Planned to be completed by the end of 2021.
The second Group of four to five Rafale jets are likely to arrive in India by end November.
The Rafale jets Also known for air-superiority and precision strikes, are India's first major assest of fighter planes in the 23 years after the Sukhoi jets were imported from Russia.