KOLKATA: India will get the first tranche of Rafale fighter jets from France+ in the next three years, Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha said on Saturday.
"Rafale contract caters for delivery time between 36 months to about 66 months if I am not wrong. So within three years time we will have the first few aircraft delivered to us and within five and a half years we will have two full squadron of aircraft in operation," Raha said at a function here.
He said the fighter jets, capable of carrying nuclear weapons and equipped with latest missiles, will tremendously increase the force's capability.
When asked about the depleting strength of jets, he said besides Rafale, India is going to produce Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas in large numbers.
"The effort is on to increase production lines. The more the number of aircraft we produce, the faster we ramp up the capacity to close the gap created by obsolete and old aircraft," Raha said.
Very good.. UPA government did nothing in 10 years. Now we will have both Rafale and Tejaa thanks to NaMo and team
already outdated Rafale will be delivered to IAF in 3 years. what a joke. it is a bad deal of Modi government....
India needs to feed their millions of poor and not more ways to buy war hurt machine!...How many different countries is India buying this hurt junk from!
Untill then will keep singing national anthem in cinema halls to protect my country..
3 years is too long .people are lazy . Learn from china and get the jets from France now abd start training now on jets now so pilots are ready when they arrive . Whst about traing modules?
Waste of public money. Instead put this money in research in Indian universities. They will come out with better engines n avonics
Brown American - Boston, USA - 13 hours ago
MODI MAY NOT LIVING BY THEN !!!!
As long as we are a weak (developing )
Country nobody consider us seriously .First we should be strong financially and militarily. Then even China will listen us carefully. We have to follow Chanakya sutra in this regard
This will be another scam in the making by Modi gov which next cong gov will prob.
After 3 years the Rafael technology will be absolute. Their will be more advance chinies planes will be in the market and very cheap. Even today''s china stealth is 100 time better then any European plane. Only USA Rapter 32 fifth generation is copareable to china stealth fighter. So India is waiting money again.