“In accordance with the contractual schedule, the first Rafale with Indian colours will be delivered to the Indian Air Force next September, exactly 3 years after the signing of the intergovernmental agreement by the French and Indian defence ministers on September 23, 2016,” French envoy A Ziegler told Economic Times.
“It will be followed till the delivery of the 36th aircraft, at the pace stipulated in the contract. Regarding the future orders for combat aircraft desired by India, Dassault Aviation is participating in two calls for tender, with the full support of the French government,” added Ziegler.
“The Rafale has thus been proposed to meet the requirement of 110 multi-role fighter jets for the Indian Air Force, and the Rafale’s naval version, Rafale M (M stands for Marine, Navy in French), has been proposed to meet the requirement of 57 multirole aircraft on-board for the Navy,” reported ET.
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due visit to France in August for G-7 summit
“India participated in the G7 “Tech for Humanity” meeting of Digital Ministers in May in Paris and on this occasion announced its support to the Christchurch Call. On digital issues, our approaches converge on major regulatory issues, such as the fight against hate content, the responsibility of private platforms, the protection of personal data, and much more,” said Ziegler as he talked about the Prime Minister’s visit.
“It is important to note that the Rafale is the only modern combat aircraft in the world to have been developed from the outset to simultaneously meet these two complementary needs, for the air force and the navy’s aircraft carriers, it clearly distinguish the Rafale from its competitors,” said the French envoy.