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‘Those who want to threaten our territorial integrity should be worried’: Rajnath after Rafale jets land in India

By: The Press Reporter Internet Desk | New Delhi |

Up to date: July 29, 2020 6:11:04 pm


On this file picture, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is seen sitting within the first Indian Air Power Rafale fighter jet on the tarmac earlier than its take-off on the manufacturing unit of French plane producer Dassault Aviation in Merignac close to Bordeaux, France, October 8, 2019. (Supply: Reuters Photograph)

Stating that the Indian Air Power’s fight functionality has received a well timed enhance following the arrival of the primary batch of 5 Rafale fighter jets from France, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday mentioned those that need to “threaten our territorial integrity” must be “apprehensive” about India’s newest possession.

“The Birds have landed safely in Ambala. The contact down of Rafale fight aircrafts in India marks the start of a brand new period in our Army Historical past. These multirole aircrafts will revolutionise the capabilities of the IAF,” Singh tweeted after jets landed on the Ambala Air Power base at round 3:10 PM after protecting a distance of seven,000 km from the Merignac airbase in French port metropolis of Bordeaux.

“I wish to add, whether it is anybody who must be apprehensive about or crucial about this new functionality of the Indian Air Power, it must be those that need to threaten our territorial integrity,” Singh added. Monitor LIVE updates on Rafale right here

His assertion assumes significance as India is locked in a bitter border row with China in jap Ladakh that escalated following the Galwan faceoff, which noticed the loss of life of 20 Indian troopers and an unspecified variety of Chinese language troopers.

The arrival of the primary batch of Rafale jets in Ambala comes almost 4 years after India signed an inter-governmental settlement with France to obtain 36 of the plane at an estimated Rs 58,000 crore.

The Rafales had been escorted by two Sukhoi 30 MKIs after they entered the Indian air house and got a water salute once they landed in Ambala. The brand new fleet will likely be a part of the 17 Squadron of the IAF. The supply of all of the 36 jets is scheduled by the tip of 2021.

“This plane has superb flying efficiency and its weapons, radar and different sensors and Digital Warfare capabilities are amongst the perfect on the earth. Its arrival in India will make the IAF a lot stronger to discourage any risk which may be posed on our nation,” the Defence Minister mentioned in a collection of tweets.

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“The Rafale jets had been bought once they totally met the operational necessities of the IAF. The baseless allegations in opposition to this procurement have already been answered and settled,” he mentioned, referring to Congress’s accusations of monetary wrongdoings in sealing the deal.

He additionally congratulated the IAF on bringing the plane from France. “I’m certain that 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows, will proceed to reside as much as their motto of ‘Udayam Ajasram’. I’m extraordinarily glad that IAF’s fight functionality has received a well timed enhance,” he mentioned.

India had purchased 36 twin-engine fighter planes from Dassault Rafale for an estimated Rs 58,000 crore, by way of an inter-governmental settlement signed in 2016, after a virtually seven-year train to obtain 126 Medium Multi-Position Fight Plane (MMRCA) for the IAF didn’t fructify throughout the UPA regime.

Singh credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his function within the deal. “The Rafale jets had been bought solely as a result of PM Modi took the fitting choice to get these aircrafts by way of an Inter-Governmental Settlement with France, after the lengthy pending procurement case for them couldn’t progress. I thank him for his braveness and decisiveness,” he mentioned.

He additionally thanked the French authorities, Dassault Aviation and different French corporations for making certain the well timed supply of the plane and its weapons, regardless of the extreme restrictions posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

The Opposition events had alleged that the NDA authorities purchased 36 Rafale fighter plane at a a lot increased worth than the one which was being negotiated for 126 plane by the earlier UPA authorities beneath an open tender.

In a judgment on December 14, 2018, the Supreme Court docket had given the federal government a clear chit, dismissing all of the petitions questioning the deal. A bench led by former CJI Ranjan Gogoi had mentioned it noticed “no purpose for any intervention… on the delicate challenge of buy of 36 defence plane by the Indian Authorities”, and that “notion of people can’t be the idea of a fishing and roving enquiry…, particularly in such issues”.

Congress congratulates IAF, calls govt’s deal ‘BJP’s rip-off’

Congratulating the IAF on receiving the Rafale jets, the Congress Wednesday mentioned UPA authorities’s labour in figuring out and buying Rafale jets in 2012 has lastly borne fruit. The occasion, nevertheless, continued to name the deal signed by the NDA authorities a “rip-off”.

In a collection of tweets, the occasion mentioned, “The stark distinction between the Congress & BJP deal reveal the BJP’s rip-off.”

“The Congress Rafale buy would have ensured India receives 126 jets as an alternative of BJP’s 36. 108 Rafale jets would have been Made in India. India would have obtained the Rafale jets by approx 2016. Value of every Rafale jet would have been Rs 526 crore,” it added.

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