New Delhi,21/11:After acquiring around 30 Rafale combat aircraft from France, the Indian Air Force is now expanding its fleet of French-origin fighter jets from January 2022 to increase its strength for India. Will start upgrading. For this purpose, a high level team of Indian Air Force officers is present at Istras airbase in France to evaluate the performance of the test aircraft with tail number RB-008.
Government sources told ANI here, “The aircraft has been equipped with all-India specific enhancements agreed between the two sides in the 2016 deal.” “Once the enhancement is approved and accepted by the IAF, it is planned to start its up-gradation from January next year to make Indian aircraft more capable,” he said.
Paris to deliver 36 Rafale fighter jets to New Delhi
India and France signed an inter-governmental agreement in 2016 under which Paris is to deliver 36 Rafale fighter jets to New Delhi. Fighter aircraft are first handed over to the Indian Air Force in France and later they are sent to India. The first consignment of five Rafale aircraft reached India on July 29 last year.
India specific enhancements will include integration of highly capable missiles, low band jammers and satellite communication systems as per Indian requirements. India has already received about 30 of these Rafale aircraft and three more of them will reach the country on December 7-8.