Government makes 25% payment for fighter Rafale, jets amid political battle

Rafale deal being in controversy, between political parties. Rafel deal has even been through Supreme court,  despite battle in India over the Rafale fighter jets deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre has already made 25 per cent of the payment for the same, leading news agency quoted Indian Air Forces as saying on Thursday.
According to leading news agency, first Rafale fighter jet will be delivered as per schedule to the Indian Air Force by September 2019. The IAF source further told the news agency that the procured aircraft would undergo extensive testing by Indian pilots to assess their functioning in Indian conditions.
This comes almost 10 days after Air Chief Marshal Birendra Singh Dhanoa said that while there was a debate in India over the issue of Rafale deal, rival countries have managed to upgrade their systems.

Air Chief Dhanoa had said that there was no iota of doubt that Rafale jets would be a massive shot in the arm for the Indian Air Force. “Who says we don’t need Rafale? The government says we need Rafale, we are saying we need Rafale, the SC has given a fine judgement,” he said. “It took us so long that our adversaries have already upgraded their system. Rafale is a game changer.”

 

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