Fatafat: Rajnath takes official handover of first Rafale in France

09 Oct 2019 07:26 AM

Fatafat: Rajnath takes official handover of first Rafale in France

Updated 09 Oct 2019 07:26 AM

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 on Tuesday.

Rajnath is on a three-day visit to France where he received the first Rafale combat aircraft in Merignac from a facility of Dassault Aviation earlier on Tuesday in the presence of the firm's CEO Eric Trappier and French Defence Minister Florence Parly. .

Singh also took a tour of Rafale manufacturer Dassault Aviation's plant before the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first Rafale combat jet. According to reports, arrangements were made for a traditional Shashtra Puja that forms part of Dussehra celebrations and this year also marks Air Force Day - IAF's 87th anniversary.

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