5 extra Rafales to shipped to India by April-end, says French Envoy

"Right now 21 Rafales delivered to India, 11 already ferried to India, three are right now being ferried and 5 extra will be ferried by end of April," French Envoy to India said.

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Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India on Tuesday said that five extra Rafale jets will be ferried to India by the end of April. This would be other than three Rafale which is arriving on Wednesday.The Ambassador said that It’s a matter of great pride, “we’ve been able to deliver on schedule and even ahead of schedule” in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Right now 21 Rafales delivered to India, 11 already ferried to India, three are right now being ferried and 5 extra will be ferried by end of April,” French Envoy to India said.He added, “Total in 2022, the 36 aircraft will have been delivered as per contract.”The aircraft had started joining the Air Force fleet in the July-August timeframe last year and were quickly operationalised by the Air Force in the shortest possible time.

The aircraft had also been deployed for patrolling along the China front in eastern Ladakh and other fronts during the height of the China confrontation.The planes equipped with the Hammer missiles have enhanced their capability to carry out air to ground strikes like the one in Balakot.

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