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Rajnath Singh Enjoys a Sortie On India's First Rafale Jet; See Pics

Politics | Associated Press | October 8, 2019, 8:32 pm
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 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took off for a sortie in a Rafale fighter jet from Merignac here soon after receiving the first of the 36 jets in France. Take a look at the pictures... Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took off for a sortie in a Rafale fighter jet from Merignac soon after receiving the first of the 36 jets in France. (Image: Twitter)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took off for a sortie in a Rafale fighter jet from Merignac here soon after receiving the first of the 36 jets in France. Take a look at the pictures... Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took off for a sortie in a Rafale fighter jet from Merignac soon after receiving the first of the 36 jets in France. (Image: Twitter)

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 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh sits in the cockpit during a test flight in a Rafale jet fighter at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, France. (Image: AP)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh sits in the cockpit during a test flight in a Rafale jet fighter at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, France. (Image: AP)

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 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh shakes hands with chief pilot Philippe Duchateau as he sits in a Rafale jet fighter during an handover ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh shakes hands with chief pilot Philippe Duchateau as he sits in a Rafale jet fighter during an handover ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

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 Dressed in a G-suit, Rajnath took to the cockpit of a twin-seater trainer version of the Rafale jet. (Image: AP)

Dressed in a G-suit, Rajnath took to the cockpit of a twin-seater trainer version of the Rafale jet. (Image: AP)

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 He was helped with strapping on the security equipment by officials of the Indian Air Force (IAF) who have accompanied him on the trip. (Image: Twitter)

He was helped with strapping on the security equipment by officials of the Indian Air Force (IAF) who have accompanied him on the trip. (Image: Twitter)

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 He waved his arms and showed the thumbs-up sign before the glass cockpit of the fighter jet shut down upon him. (Image: AP)

He waved his arms and showed the thumbs-up sign before the glass cockpit of the fighter jet shut down upon him. (Image: AP)

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 Rajnath Singh gestures as he sits in a Rafale jet fighter during a handover ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

Rajnath Singh gestures as he sits in a Rafale jet fighter during a handover ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

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 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh talks with Dassault Aviation chief pilot Philippe Duchateau before a test flight in a Rafale jet fighter at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh talks with Dassault Aviation chief pilot Philippe Duchateau before a test flight in a Rafale jet fighter at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

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 Rajnath Singh gestures before a test flight in a Rafale jet fighter at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

Rajnath Singh gestures before a test flight in a Rafale jet fighter at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, France. (Image: AP)

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 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh poses in front of a Rafale jet fighter during a handover ceremony. (Image: AP)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh poses in front of a Rafale jet fighter during a handover ceremony. (Image: AP)

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