October 15, 2020 6:18:54 pm
As it prepares to induct a second batch of Rafale jets, the Indian Air Force has despatched a workforce of officers to France to supervise the logistical points and evaluation the coaching of a hand-picked group of pilots on the Saint-Dizier air base there, officers stated on Thursday.
The second batch of 4 Rafale jets is anticipated to reach in India within the subsequent 4 weeks.
The first batch of 5 Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, practically 4 years after India signed an inter-governmental settlement with France to obtain 36 of those plane at a price of Rs 59,000 crore.
Several groups from the IAF have visited France since January to supervise the progress of the Rafale mission together with integration of India-specific enhancements and weapons techniques, the officers stated.
The IAF’s Rafale mission administration workforce has an workplace in Paris headed by a Group Captain-rank officer. The workforce is tasked with overseeing the manufacturing timelines in addition to coordinating coaching of the crew.
A workforce of consultants headed by assistant chief of air workers (tasks) reached France earlier this week to coordinate logistical points in addition to coaching of pilots and technicians, stated the officers.
The first batch of Rafale jets was lastly inducted into the IAF on September 10.
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on October 5 stated the induction of all 36 Rafale jets might be accomplished by 2023.
Ten Rafale jets have been delivered to India to date and 5 of them stayed again in France for imparting coaching to IAF pilots.
Known for his or her air-superiority and precision strikes, the Rafale jets are India’s first main acquisition of fighter planes in 23 yr after the Sukhoi jets had been imported from Russia.
The newly inducted fleet has been finishing up sorties in japanese Ladakh the place Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a bitter border row for over 5 months.
A bunch of IAF pilots is at present present process coaching on Rafale jets on the Saint-Dizier airbase in japanese France.
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