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Rafale shot in arm for India; guarantor of regional safety: Rajnath Singh
By TOG News Service
Oct 09, 2019

TOG NEWS SERVICE, MERIGNAC, OCT 09, 2019: THE Raksha Mantri Mr Rajnath Singh yesterday emphasised on the focus to equip Indian Air Force and enhance its capabilities, saying that the new Rafale Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) would make India stronger and would give a boost to its air dominance exponentially to ensure peace and security in the region. In his address at the Rafale handing over Ceremony in Merignac, France, he stated that it was a historic and landmark day for the Indian Armed Forces.

Mr Rajnath Singh further mentioned that the strong cooperation between India and France would continue to grow and contribute to global peace, prosperity and environmental sustainability. He also stressed the importance of the ceremony saying it signifies the depth of strategic partnership between India and France. He also expressed gladness in knowing that a large number of India Air Force officers and airmen were being trained in France for flying, maintenance support and logistics for handling Rafale fighter aircraft and hoped the training in French facilities would help the crew in acquiring knowledge and professional expertise required for performing their task in India.

Mr Rajnath Singh pointed out that the Rafale Project Monitoring Team (PMT) from India has been positioned in France since August 2017 to ensure smooth implementation of the project. Mr Rajnath Singh said he was happy that the delivery of Rafale aircraft is on schedule and would add to the strength of Indian Air force. He also performed the ‘Shastra Puja' on Rafale on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami. Also, present on the occasion was French Minister of Armed Forces, Ms Florence Parly and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Aviation, Mr Eric Trappier.