Rafale Fighter Jets Will Be Inducted Into Air Force in 2 Years: Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar

NEW DELHI: Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar today hailed as an "incredible choice" India's arrangement with France to purchase 36 "prepared to-fly" Rafale contender planes, saying the planes would be enlisted into the Air Force inside a compass of two years, as per the Press Trust of India.

The hotly anticipated arrangement was secured on Friday, the first day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's state visit to France. "I have asked President (Francois Hollande) to supply 36 prepared to-fly Rafale planes to India," PM Modi said at a news gathering, in the wake of meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris. He said the terms and states of the agreement have yet to be finished and authorities from both sides would work out the subtle elements.

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The first arrangement was for India to purchase 18 off-the-rack planes from France's Dassault Aviation, with 108 others being amassed in India by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited or HAL in Bengaluru. Sources now say that if arrangements work out, India will purchase 144 flying machine, 18 more than the first 126, guaranteeing that 108 planes will even now be collected at home.