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First Rafale Fighter Jet Received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Things to Know

The first plane delivery is a part of the total of 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts delivery to India announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2015, during his tour to France. The planes are manufactured by the France based Dassault Aviation and are speculated to be a boon to the country's defence system. The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received the first game-changing Rafale fighter aircraft on Tuesday in France's Merignac.

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Rafale Plane Received by India

The Indian Air Force (IAF) received the first Rafale fighter plane from France on Tuesday, a day celebrated as Dussehra in India. The first plane delivery is a part of the total of 36 Rafale fighter aircrafts delivery to India announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2015, during his tour to France. The planes are manufactured by the France based Dassault Aviation and are speculated to be a boon to the country’s defence system. The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received the first game-changing Rafale fighter aircraft on Tuesday in France’s Merignac. He along with his French counterpart Minister of Armed Forces, Ms. Florence Parly.

The Defence Minister followed the Indian rituals of ‘Shastra Pooja’ (Worship of Weapons) before taking off for a sortie in the newly IAF inducted Rafale fighter jet. Singh was seen offering flowers, coconut and ‘om’ scribbling on the aircraft. The photos of Shastra Pooja was tweeted by Rajnath Singh while sharing the news.

The induction of Rafale fighter jet is considered as one of the highest achievements for the Indian air defence system. Rajnath Singh, while inducting the new supersonic aircraft into the IAF, said that India doesn’t believe in strengthening its power to threaten any country, but to increase it’s capabilities. “We do not purchase arms and other defence equipments to threaten any country but to increase our capabilities & strengthen our defences.,” read the tweet by Singh. “The credit for the acquisition of the Rafale jets must go to PM Narendra Modi. His decisiveness has greatly benefitted our national security,” read the same tweet from Singh.

More details awaited