Eventually, long-awaited golden moments arrived when the first five of 36 Rafale fighter jets landed at Ambala Airbase on 29th July, 20. As India celebrates the arrival of the first fleet of Rafale jets, former Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi has sparked a row by raising questions over the fighter jet’s acquisition.
Rahul Gandhi congratulated the Indian air force on the new defence entrants, but at the same time he asked Centre to answer questions about the aircraft’s worth, the number of jets acquired and the Rs 30,000 crore contract awarded to Anil Ambani instead of HAL.
Earlier, Mr Gandhi made allegations against Modi government that PM Modi was a “corrupt man” who helped Anil Ambani pocket Rs 30,000 crore in the purchase of the fighter aircraft. Gandhi also demanded an investigation against the prime minister.
However, the Supreme Court observed that there is nothing wrong with the procurement process of Rafale fighter aircrafts. The court also gave a clean chit to Modi government in Rafale deal and dismissed all the petitions.
The Rafale covered a distance of almost 7000 kms from France to India with aerial refueling and a solitary stop in transit in UAE. The Indian Air Force pilots and supporting staff have been given full preparing on airplane and weapon frameworks by Dassault.
India requested 36 Rafale planes from France in an arrangement worth Rs 59,000 crore in September 2016 as a crisis buy to capture the stressing slide in the IAF’s battle capacities. Following up on an extraordinary solicitation by the IAF, France has quickened the conveyances of Rafale warriors to India – five planes are coming rather than four that were initially wanted to be conveyed in the main bunch.
France gave over to India its first Rafale warrior during a service went to by resistance serve Rajnath Singh and his French partner, Florence Parly, in Merignac on October 8 a year ago. The conveyance of each of the 36 airplane will be finished before the finish of 2021, said the Indian strategic France.