'18 Rafale Jets By 2021', Says Rajnath Singh Laying Delivery Roadmap

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday undertook a sortie in IAF's new Rafale jet at the Merignac airbase in France, following which he spoke to the media

Written By Prachi Mankani | Mumbai | Updated On:

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday undertook a sortie in IAF's new Rafale jet at the Merignac airbase in France. Following the sortie, he spoke to the media and said, "Today was the handing over ceremony of the Rafale combat jet. This was completed successfully after the Shastra puja." After the flight, he also mentioned that there was no motive to attack anyone and that the Rafale jet will only make the Air force stronger.

Rajnath, who is on a three-day visit to France, said the handover event marks a new milestone in Indo-France relations. India had ordered 36 Rafale fighter jets from France in a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore in September 2016. He also informed that the jet was more than capable of engaging in air-air combat and air-land combat.

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'18 Rafale jets by 2021'

Further speaking about the handing over ceremony, Rajnath Singh said that the Defence Minister of France handed over the Rafale jet to him after the Shastra Puja. He also apprised about India's roadmap of receiving 18 Rafale jets by 2021.

"Today was the handing over ceremony of the Rafale combat jet. This was completed successfully after the Shastra puja. The Defence Minister handed over the Rafale jet to me. Approximately by 2021, we will receive 18 Rafale jets. By April 2022, we will receive all 36 Rafale jets."

Adding to his statements, he also said that "we do not purchase arms and other defence equipment to threaten any country but to increase our capabilities & strengthen our defenses."

READ: Congress politicises India recieving first Rafale, calls it drama

Rajnath credits PM Modi for the acquisition of Rafale Jet

After his flight, Rajnath Singh lauded PM Modi's decisiveness because of which there has been an enlargement in India's combat capabilities.

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