New Delhi: India has proposed to purchase 36 next generation ‘Advanced Multirole Combat Aircraft’ Rafale fighter planes as per the deal with France. These planes will be delivered to the Indian Airforce by next year. However, the pilots of the Indian Airforce are being offered the Rafael training for the same. Three Rafale fighter jets have arrived in India and the Indian Air-Force pilots are being trained by French Air Force pilots
Indian Air Force contingent had participated with France in a multinational air exercise ‘Pitch Black’ conducted by Australia. France’s Rafale war-planes and India’s Sukhoi-30 aircraft and had also participated in this exercise. Currently, French Air Force Rafale warplanes have arrived in India after finishing the exercise. Currently, these aircrafts have arrived at the Gwalior airport and the Indian Air Force pilots are being trained by the French pilots.
This training will continue for the next three days, then these fighter jets will depart to France once again. This training has been organized to expand the scope of mutual co-operation between the two countries.
Two years ago, a deal had been made between India and France for 36 Rafale fighter jets. The purchase transaction of Rafale, furnished with a high-end sophisticated machinery and armaments is 58 thousand crores.
Next year, the Indian Air Force will receive its first airplane. Therefore, the Indian Pilots are undergoing training to handle French Air Force fighter planes.