The Indian Air Force will not be getting Rafale fighter jets before schedule despite several requests by the Indian government to France to speed up the delivery.
“The delivery of the aircraft will commence from September 2019 and will be completed by April 2022. There is no anticipation of any delay in the scheduled delivery of the aircraft,” Arun Jaitley, India’s Minister of Defense informed the Parliament on Friday.
On July 18 this year, Chief of Indian Air Force, B S Dhanoa visited the production facility of Dassault Aviation in France where Rafale jets meant for India were being manufactured and had reviewed the expected delivery time for the first batch of aircraft. Last year, India had sent a formal request to France to expedite the delivery of Rafale jets.
“As per terms of the deal it is 36 months (during which the delivery has to start), but it may come slightly earlier. We have requested them to (deliver it) as fast as possible,” Manohar Parrikar, the then Defense Minister of India had said in a statement.
However, Dassault Aviation’s half yearly report released on July 26 indicated a grim possibility of early delivery of Rafale to India. The report said that the company could complete manufacturing only four fighter jets in the first half of the current year as compared to seven aircraft in the same time period last year and the deliveries were made to armed forces of Egypt and France. Petr Mrazek Womens Jersey