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India to get its first Rafale jet in September this year

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Kolkata: The first Rafale fighter jet will be delivered to the Indian Air Force as per schedule in September this year, a top government official said on Saturday. The fighter jets, being manufactured by France-based Dassault Aviation, are twin-engine multi-role fighter aircraft. These are nuclear capable and can engage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks.

All the 36 jets will be delivered to the IAF within the next two years, Secretary to the department of defence production Ajay Kumar said while speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of Bharat Chamber Defence Facilitation Centre.
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French ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler, had earlier this month said that the first Rafale jet will be delivered to India within two months and will be “perfectly on time.” The Rafale deal had drawn fierce backlash from the Opposition and also from leaders within the Bharatiya Janata Party, who had alleged widespread corruption in the contract.

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