In pictures: France delivers first Rafale fighter jet to India
Updated : 2019-10-09 12:06:16
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh took a flight in a Rafale fighter jet as France delivered the country its first aircraft from a series of 36 purchased in a multibillion-dollar deal in 2016.
Following an official ceremony at aircraft maker Dassault Aviation's facility in Merignac, southwestern France, Rajnath Singh donned a pilot suit and helmet and got in the Rafale cockpit for a test flight with a French pilot.
The $8.78 billion deal sparked controversy in India last year with the main opposition accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of buying the aircraft at nearly three times the price being negotiated when it was the ruling party before Modi came to power in 2014.