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Indian Air Force received five French Rafale fighters

French multirole fighters Dassault Rafale.
Image source: © RIA Novosti / Grigory Sysoev
NEW DELHI, July 27 - RIA Novosti. The Indian Air Force has announced the receipt of the first five French Rafale fighters.

"The first five Rafale of the Indian Air Force took off this morning from Dassault Air Force Base in Merignac, France. The five aircraft include three single and two double aircraft. The flight (to India) is planned in two stages and is operated by Air Force pilots," the Indian Air Force said.

It is noted that during the first stage of the flight, the planes will be refueled in the air using a French Air Force tanker.

"The planes are likely to reach Ambala Air Force Base on July 29," the Air Force said.

India entered into an agreement to purchase 36 Dassault Rafale fighters in 2016 at an estimated cost of Rs 590 billion ($ 7.8 billion). Under the agreement, 28 single and eight two-seat Rafale aircraft are to be delivered to India.

According to the Indian Embassy in France, the delivery of all fighters under this contract will be completed by the end of 2021.

Earlier it was noted that Rafale fighters will give India superiority over the air forces of neighboring countries due to their weapons, in particular, Meteor air-to-air missiles, which have a range of up to 150 kilometers, and Scalp air-to-ground missiles, which have a range of up to 300 kilometers.

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