New Delhi: Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the new Rafale fighter deal with France, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the new jets will be inducted into the Indian Air Force within a span of two years.
India has decided to buy 36 Rafale jets in a flyaway condition from France after a deal was reached between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande.
Parrikar said, “India has finally broken the ice over the deal which has been pending for the last 17 years. The deal is a great decision taken on the terms and conditions that are better.”
At a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande, Modi said, “Keeping in view the critical operational necessity of fighter aircraft in India, I have asked President to provide 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition as quickly as possible after agreements between both countries. We both have decided that these will be provided to India in modified terms and conditions.”
The Indian Air Force selected the Rafael fighter in the Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraft after a close competition with Eurofighter Typhoon in a negotiation.