Induction of Rafale Aircraft into the Indian Air Force will take place by 2022: IAF Chief
IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria has notified that the induction of 36 Rafale aircraft into the Indian Air Force would take place by 2022. The IAF is absolutely on target with respect to the Rafale induction final plan.
The defense force is currently expecting for receiving the 36 fighter jets from France.
Indian Air Force target
“The target is 2022. It is absolutely on target. I mentioned earlier. Except for one or two aircraft, minor delays because of COVID related issues, but, in fact, some deliveries have been ahead of time. So, broadly, we are absolutely on target on the Rafale induction plan.”
The IAF chief further confirmed after reviewing the Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal here.
On the operationalisation plan, the team is fully operational. Furthermore, in terms of time, it will be absolutely on time.
Ministry of Defense, India
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also stated in February about the aircraft. He confirmed that the country would have the entire fleet of fighter aircraft by April 2022.
- He’d asked for an assessment on the situation in eastern Ladakh on the Indo-China border.
- The IAF Chief answered that talks are on between the two sides.
- And, the first attempt is to continue with the parleys and carry out the disengagement at the “balance friction points.”
And, of course, follow it up with de-escalation,” he said.
"However, in parallel, the ground realities are being monitored closely. Whatever is the reality across, in terms of current leftover locations, deployments, any changes, that is being monitored closely and whatever actions are required on our part, we are taking, Bhadauria said.
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