Rajnath Singh receives India’s first Rafale fighter jet in France

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Indian defence Minster Rajnath Singh, center left, poses with Indian and French military officials at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France on Tuesday. (Photo: AP)

Indian defence Minster Rajnath Singh, center left, poses with Indian and French military officials at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France on Tuesday. (Photo: AP)

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India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier visit the assembly line for Indian Air Force Rafale fighter jets before a ceremony at the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux, France. (Photo: reuters)

India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier visit the assembly line for Indian Air Force Rafale fighter jets before a ceremony at the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux, France. (Photo: reuters)

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India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier arrive to visit the assembly line for Indian Air Force Rafale fighter jets before a ceremony at the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux. (Photo: REUTERS)

India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier arrive to visit the assembly line for Indian Air Force Rafale fighter jets before a ceremony at the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux. (Photo: REUTERS)

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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inspects a Rafale Jet at its Dassault Aviation assembly line, in Bordeaux, France. Rajnath Singh is in the city for the handover ceremony of the first Rafale combat jet acquired by the Indian Air Force. (Photo: PTI)

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inspects a Rafale Jet at its Dassault Aviation assembly line, in Bordeaux, France. Rajnath Singh is in the city for the handover ceremony of the first Rafale combat jet acquired by the Indian Air Force. (Photo: PTI)

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits the assembly line for Indian Air Force Rafale fighter jets before a ceremony at the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux, France. (Photo: REUTERS)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits the assembly line for Indian Air Force Rafale fighter jets before a ceremony at the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux, France. (Photo: REUTERS)

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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inspects a Rafale Jet at its Dassault Aviation assembly line in Bordeaux, France. (Photo: PTI)

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inspects a Rafale Jet at its Dassault Aviation assembly line in Bordeaux, France. (Photo: PTI)

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during the handover ceremony of the first Rafale combat aircraft in Mérignac on Tuesday. (Photo: ani)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during the handover ceremony of the first Rafale combat aircraft in Mérignac on Tuesday. (Photo: ani)

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during the handover ceremony of the first Rafale combat aircraft in Mérignac on Tuesday. (photo: ani)

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during the handover ceremony of the first Rafale combat aircraft in Mérignac on Tuesday. (photo: ani)

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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on his arrival at Mérignac to attend the induction ceremony of Rafale, in Bordeaux, France. (Photo: PTI)

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on his arrival at Mérignac to attend the induction ceremony of Rafale, in Bordeaux, France. (Photo: PTI)

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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on his arrival at Mérignac to attend the induction ceremony of Rafale, in Bordeaux. (Photo: PTI)

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on his arrival at Mérignac to attend the induction ceremony of Rafale, in Bordeaux. (Photo: PTI)

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets with Defence Advisor to the French President, Admiral Bernard Rogel, in Paris. (Photo: PTI)

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets with Defence Advisor to the French President, Admiral Bernard Rogel, in Paris. (Photo: PTI)

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron. Both the leaders met on Tuesday to discuss stronger India-France defence and strategic ties at a meeting in Paris. (Photo: PTI)

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron. Both the leaders met on Tuesday to discuss stronger India-France defence and strategic ties at a meeting in Paris. (Photo: PTI)

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India had ordered 36 Rafale fighter jets (seen in the picture) from France in a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore in September 2016. (www.dassault-aviation.com)

India had ordered 36 Rafale fighter jets (seen in the picture) from France in a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore in September 2016. (www.dassault-aviation.com)

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While the formal handover ceremony takes place this week, the first batch of four Rafale jets will fly to their home base in India by May 2020. (www.dassault-aviation.com)

While the formal handover ceremony takes place this week, the first batch of four Rafale jets will fly to their home base in India by May 2020. (www.dassault-aviation.com)

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All 36 jets are expected to arrive in India by September 2022, for which the IAF has been reportedly undertaking preparations, including readying required infrastructure and training of pilots. (www.dassault-aviation.com)

All 36 jets are expected to arrive in India by September 2022, for which the IAF has been reportedly undertaking preparations, including readying required infrastructure and training of pilots. (www.dassault-aviation.com)

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The Rafale is a twin-jet fighter aircraft able to operate from both an aircraft carrier and a shore base. (www.dassault-aviation.com)

The Rafale is a twin-jet fighter aircraft able to operate from both an aircraft carrier and a shore base. (www.dassault-aviation.com)

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India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh receives India’s first Rafale fighter jet. (Photo: screengrab)

India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh receives India’s first Rafale fighter jet. (Photo: screengrab)

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Indian defense Minister Rajnath Singh, center, poses with French Defense Minister Florence Parly, right, and Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Drapier at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux. (Photo: AP)

Indian defense Minister Rajnath Singh, center, poses with French Defense Minister Florence Parly, right, and Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Drapier at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux. (Photo: AP)

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French Defence Minister Florence Parly, India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, attend a ceremony for the delivery of the first Rafale fighter to the Indian Air Force at the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux, France. (Photo: REUTERS)

French Defence Minister Florence Parly, India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, attend a ceremony for the delivery of the first Rafale fighter to the Indian Air Force at the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux, France. (Photo: REUTERS)

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A view of Rafale Jet at its Dassault Aviation assembly line, in Bordeaux, France. (Photo: PTI)

A view of Rafale Jet at its Dassault Aviation assembly line, in Bordeaux, France. (Photo: PTI)

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India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh delivers a speech during a ceremony for the delivery of the first Rafale fighter to the Indian Air Force at the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux, France. (Photo: REUTERS)

India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh delivers a speech during a ceremony for the delivery of the first Rafale fighter to the Indian Air Force at the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux, France. (Photo: REUTERS)

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