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No delay in delivery of Rafale jets to India: France

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There will be no delay in delivery of 36 Rafale jets to India and the committed timeline will be respected, French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain told a news agency. France is battling the Covid19 pandemic and there were apprehensions that the delivery of Rafale jets could be delayed due to the pandemic.

The country recorded over 1,45,000 Covid19 cases and fatalities were at 28,330. “The contractual delivery schedule of the Rafale jets has been perfectly respected till now, and, in fact, a new aircraft was handed over to the Indian Air Force in end-April in France, in keeping with the contract,” Lenain was quoted by the agency.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received the first Rafale jet at an airbase in France on October 8. India and France had signed an inter-governmental agreement in September 2016 for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore. The IAF says that the Rafale jets would significantly enhance its combat capability as it is capable of carrying a range of potent weapons.