A total of 36 Rafael aircraft will be inducted into the Indian Air Force by 2022, IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria said as he responded to reporters’ questions on the timeline for the delivery of 36 fighter jets from France.
“The target is 2022. It is absolutely on target. I mentioned earlier. Except for one or two aircraft, minor delays because of COVID-related issues, but, in fact, some deliveries have been ahead of time. So, broadly, we are absolutely on target on the Rafale induction plan,” he said while replying to reporters’ questions on the delivery of the fighter jets.
“On the operationalisation plan, you are aware, we are fully operational.. so, in terms of time, we will be absolutely on time,” he said after visiting the Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, Hyderabad.
An inter-governmental agreement between India and France was signed for 36-Rafael fighter jets in 2016. According to the agreement, 36-Rafael fighter jets would cost Rs 59,000 crore.