India & France’s Rafale Fighter Jets Deal Facts

rafale fighter jetAfter years of wait India finally signed the deal with France to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets. It is hailed as a major acquisition of fighter aircraft after almost 20 years of wait. The timing of the deal is important because India is currently having a tense situation with Pakistan under the Uri terrorist attack on Indian Army base. Inclusion of Rafale Jets is going to boost the strike capability of Indian Air Force which is facing a two front war challenge from Pakistan and China.

Here are some of the important facts of Rafale Deal:

India and France’s defense ministers Manohar Parrikar and Jean Yves LeDrian today signed the most significant defense acquisition deal in New Delhi. It took decades of negotiations between the two ally nations and finally both the concerned parties agreed to the terms and made it a reality which is going to be beneficial for both the countries.

For the purchase deal India will be paying Rs. 58,000 Crores which is approximately 7.8 billion Euros. In return India will be delivered 36 off-the-shelf Dassault Rafale jets with twin-engine fighters. Also, India has to pay 15% advance payment of the total payment.

With fighter jets India will also be delivered weaponry and spares used in Rafale jets. Most importantly the deal get India’s access to Meteor missile which is said to be the most lethal and advanced missiles in the world at the moment.

According to Indian Air Force sources, Rafales will be delivered to India will come with Meteor missiles specially designed for India’s requirement and they will be used to destroy enemy aircraft and cruise missiles from more than 100 kilometers away.

This defense acquisition is going to have huge impact in South Asia, because no other country including China and Pakistan has this class of fighter jets and weaponry.

According to signed deal France will have to deliver all Rafale jets within 18 months of the signing of the contract. However, there may be delay as it always happen with defense deals.

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