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India Receives its First Rafale Jet From France on Dussehra

India | PTI | October 8, 2019, 8:57 pm
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 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took "delivery" of the first of the 36 Rafale fighter jets acquired from Dassault Aviation for the Indian Air Force in the French town of Bordeaux. While the formal handover ceremony has taken place, the first batch of four Rafale jets will fly to their home base in India only by May 2020. Here’s the first look of Rafale fighter jet which was handed over to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in an event in France on October 08, 2019.  (Image: Twitter)

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 Rafale Jet displayed at Dassault Aviation assembly line, in Bordeaux, France. (Image: PTI)

Rafale Jet displayed at Dassault Aviation assembly line, in Bordeaux, France. (Image: PTI)

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 Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh delivers a speech during the handover ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. Singh called it a historic day for Indian forces, and a milestone moment for Indo-French bilateral ties as he impressed upon Dassault the need to maintain the delivery timeline.

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh delivers a speech during the handover ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. Singh called it a historic day for Indian forces, and a milestone moment for Indo-French bilateral ties as he impressed upon Dassault the need to maintain the delivery timeline. "I am happy that the delivery of Rafale is on schedule. The jet will add to the strength of our forces," he said. (Image: AP)

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 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh listens to an aide during a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh listens to an aide during a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

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 Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Drapier delivers his speech during a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Drapier delivers his speech during a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

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 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Defence Minister Florence Parly applaud during a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Defence Minister Florence Parly applaud during a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

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 Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Drapier, and French Defense Minister Florence Parly attend a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, France. (Image: AP)

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Drapier, and French Defense Minister Florence Parly attend a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, France. (Image: AP)

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 Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stands by a Rafale jet fighter in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. (Image: AP)

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stands by a Rafale jet fighter in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. (Image: AP)

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 Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits the Rafale jet fighter assembly line in Merignac, near Bordeaux, France. (Image: AP)

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits the Rafale jet fighter assembly line in Merignac, near Bordeaux, France. (Image: AP)

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 Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and French President Emanuel Macron are seen during a meeting at Elysee Palace in Paris, France on October 08, 2019. (Image: PTI)

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and French President Emanuel Macron are seen during a meeting at Elysee Palace in Paris, France on October 08, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits the Rafale jet fighter assembly line in Merignac, near Bordeaux, France. (Image: AP)

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits the Rafale jet fighter assembly line in Merignac, near Bordeaux, France. (Image: AP)

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 Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stands by a Rafale jet fighter in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. (Image: AP)

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stands by a Rafale jet fighter in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. (Image: AP)

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 Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stands by a Rafale jet fighter in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. (Image: AP)

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stands by a Rafale jet fighter in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. (Image: AP)

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 Dassault CEO Eric Trappier speaks as Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Defence Minister Florence Parly look on during the Rafale handover ceremony in France. (Image: Twitter)

Dassault CEO Eric Trappier speaks as Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Defence Minister Florence Parly look on during the Rafale handover ceremony in France. (Image: Twitter)

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 Defense Minister Rajnath Singh at Dassault Aviation assembly line, in Bordeaux, France for the handover ceremony of the first Rafale combat jet acquired by the Indian Air Force. (Image: Twitter)

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh at Dassault Aviation assembly line, in Bordeaux, France for the handover ceremony of the first Rafale combat jet acquired by the Indian Air Force. (Image: Twitter)

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 Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inspects a Rafale Jet at its Dassault Aviation assembly line, in Bordeaux, France. Rajnath Singh is in the city for the handover ceremony of the first Rafale combat jet acquired by the Indian Air Force. (Image: PTI)

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inspects a Rafale Jet at its Dassault Aviation assembly line, in Bordeaux, France. Rajnath Singh is in the city for the handover ceremony of the first Rafale combat jet acquired by the Indian Air Force. (Image: PTI)

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 Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on his arrival at Mérignac to attend the induction ceremony of Rafale, in Bordeaux, France. (Image: PTI)

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on his arrival at Mérignac to attend the induction ceremony of Rafale, in Bordeaux, France. (Image: PTI)

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 Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets with Defence Advisor to the French President, Admiral Bernard Rogel, in Paris. Singh is in France for an official handover ceremony of the first Rafale fighter jet acquired by the Indian Air Force (IAF). (Image: PTI)

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets with Defence Advisor to the French President, Admiral Bernard Rogel, in Paris. Singh is in France for an official handover ceremony of the first Rafale fighter jet acquired by the Indian Air Force (IAF). (Image: PTI)

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 Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on his arrival at Mérignac to attend the induction ceremony of Rafale, in Bordeaux, France. (Image: PTI)

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on his arrival at Mérignac to attend the induction ceremony of Rafale, in Bordeaux, France. (Image: PTI)

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