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Supply of Rafale planes to be completed by April 2022, French ambassador ‘confirmed’

The French Ambassador said that India and France have been cooperating for decades in the field of defence.

Rafale jets French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenin said on Thursday that thirty Rafale fighter jets manufactured by French company Dassane Aviation have been delivered to India under an inter-governmental agreement signed five years ago and the remaining six were handed over by April 2022. Will go He said that it is a matter of pride for France that despite the closure of factories for weeks due to the Kovid-19 epidemic, it is able to deliver the plane on time.Also Read – Pakistan Failed To Create Environment For Fair Trial In Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: India

Lenin said, “… in France, the teams are working extra shifts. They have been working nights and sometimes even on weekends to be able to meet the commitment. After all, this is what faith is called.” He said, “As of today, 29 (aircraft) have been sent to India and 30 have been supplied to India. We are fully on time and we are going to reach the target of supplying all 36 aircraft by April next year.” Also Read – Ladakh News: India, China have agreed to hold the next round of military level talks soon, know what both the countries said about Ladakh

The French Ambassador said that India and France have been cooperating for decades in the field of defence. Fighter aircraft are first handed over to the Indian Air Force in France and later they are sent to India. The first consignment of five Rafale aircraft reached India on July 29 last year. India and France signed an inter-governmental agreement in 2016 under which Paris is to deliver 36 Rafale fighter jets to New Delhi. Also Read – Air Force Mi-17 helicopter crashes while making emergency landing in Arunachal Pradesh, watch VIDEO

The opposition has been accusing the government of wrongdoing in this aircraft deal and the government has also been targeted about it. French investigative magazine Mediapart has made fresh claims that allegedly forged bills were used, which allowed at least 75 percent of a middleman to help French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation finalize the Rafale deal with India. Enabled to pay a secret commission of million euros.

When asked about the recent revelations made by Mediapart, the French envoy declined to comment. Lenin was speaking during his visit to the French Navy’s air defense destroyer ‘Chevalier Paul’, which arrived in Mumbai today.

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