Rajnath Singh: 'Rafale To Multiply Air Force's Combat Capabilities'

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Rajnath Singh, on Thursday, said that after the induction of the Rafale fighter aircraft in the country, the combat capabilities of the IAF will increase

Written By Manjiri Chitre | Mumbai | Updated On:

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who arrived in Delhi from his France visit on Thursday, said, "After the induction of the Rafale fighter aircraft in the country, the combat capabilities of the Indian Air Force will increase." He further added, "We don't want to intimidate anyone by increasing the capabilities. We will neither fear anyone nor will we intimidate." The first Rafale fighter aircraft was handed over to India on Tuesday. Rajnath Singh was in France for the official handover of the first aircraft. India and France had signed the Rafale deal worth Rs. 59,000 crore in September 2016.

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According to the defence minister, seven Rafale jets will arrive in India by April or May. Speaking about the Rafale aircraft, he said that the aircraft is capable to fly at the speed of 1800 kmph. Singh flew at the speed of 1300 kmph, he revealed. Crediting the success of the Rafale fighter aircraft, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to make it possible. He further revealed that during his visit to France, several Indian Air Force (IAF) officers were undergoing training to operate the aircraft. 

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On his France visit

Speaking about his France visit, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated that the France visit was extremely successful. According to Singh, he also held a meeting with the French President Emmanuel Macron for over 35 minutes. 

 

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(With ANI inputs)

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