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Induction of Rafale jets into IAF crucial considering atmosphere on border: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh said induction of Rafale jets into the IAF is crucial considering the kind of atmosphere being created along India's border.

Published: 10th September 2020 01:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th September 2020 10:46 AM   |  A+A-

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Rafale jets induction ceremony.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Rafale jets induction ceremony. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav, EPS)

Express News Service

AMBALA: Terming the induction of five French-made multirole Rafale jets into the Indian Air Force as a ‘game changer,’ Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that it is a ‘big and stern’ message to those eyeing India’s sovereignty.

The first fleet of Rafale jets was formally inducted into the ‘Golden Arrows’ squadron of the IAF at the Ambala Air Force station in the presence of a galaxy of dignitaries, including French Defence Minister Florence Parly, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.

“The induction of Rafale jets is a big and stern message for the entire world, especially to those eyeing our sovereignty. This kind of induction is very important for the kind of atmosphere that has been created on our borders,” Singh said, adding that the government is determined to do ‘everything possible’ to protect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“I would like to congratulate the IAF for its swift and deliberate action near the LAC during a recent unfortunate incident on the border. It shows your commitment,” Singh said.

Calling induction of Rafale into IAF a historic moment, Singh said it also reflected “deep ties” between India and France.

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“We have been successful in creating future-oriented ties...India and France have common views in fighting against terrorism and expansion of UNSC,” Singh said. 

Florence Parly, Minister of Armed Forces of Franc, said the programme to deliver the 36 fighter aircraft to India meant a lot. 

“In military terms, it means that India will acquire a world-class capability, truly among the best in the world that would give your air force an incredible sovereign tool,” she said. 

“In strategic terms, it means India will have an edge over the entire region to defend itself and protect its people.” 

The minister said that her country is fully committed to integrate the Indian defence industry with France’s global military supply chain.



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