India will receive the first Rafale fighter aircraft in September
India will receive the first Rafale fighter jet from France in September. For this, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Air Force Chief B.S. Dhanoa will go to France. The main point is that Indian pilots have been trained in small batches by the French Air Force. By May 2020, France will train 24 pilots of the Indian Air Force in three batches. The Indian Air Force will deploy one squadron each of Rafale to the airbases of Ambala (Haryana) and Hashimara (West Bengal). The Indian Air Force has spent nearly 400 crores for the necessary infrastructure in these two airbases such as shelter, hangar, and maintenance facility. In September 2016, India along with the French Government and Dassault Aviation bought 7.8 billion euros for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets. Had signed the deal. All Rafale fighter jets will be delivered to India within 67 months of the signing of the deal.