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IAF gets three Rafale with India-specific upgradations from France

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday received three of the last four Rafale fighter aircraft from France, as reported by the Hindustan Times before. The fight aircraft were handed over at Istres-Le Tube air base of Dassault Aviation, situated north-west of Marseille.  

The IAF will wait for the apt time to take the fighter aircraft to India between February 15 and 20. As per people aware of the developments, the aircraft will be test-checked for all the details. While their journey to India, these fighter aircraft will be refueled by the air force of UAE.  

These Rafale jets are completely-equipped with India-specific enhancements. In addition to verifying the original equipment manufacturer’s claim as per the agreement, the IAF will test the specific updates integrated into the three aircraft to the satisfaction of its pilots under Indian conditions, following the arrival of these aircraft. 

Despite the fact that the last of France’s 36 Rafale fighter jets has been used to train IAF personnel after deliveries from France began, this is actually the first Rafale that has been used for training. This fighter was inspected by Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar at Istres air base during his France visit in December 2021. 

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