All 36 Rafale Jets To Be Handed Over To India By 2022: French Envoy Emmanuel Lenain

The French Ambassador to India, Emmanuel Lenain, talks about the arrival of new Rafale jets in India, and also about when all the jets will have been delivered.

Vatsal Thakore

April 1, 2021

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The Rafale fighter jets that India is going to get from France, have been making news since the day their deal was announced. Recently, the French Envoy to India, Emmanuel Lenain, shared that by 2022, all 36 Rafale jets will have arrived in India. Read on to know more about it.

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Of the 36 Rafale jets that India has ordered from France, 11 have already been ferried to India, and 3 more are going to arrive in India, on Wednesday, 31st March. The French Ambassador to India, Emmanuel Lenain, was in Kochi, Kerala, for the same, and said, “It’s a matter of great pride, we’ve been able to deliver on schedule and even ahead of schedule in spite of COVID. As you know COVID has disrupted (work) and factories had been shut for a few weeks but in spite of that, our teams have been working day and night, on weekends to cope with that and to be able to deliver on time.”

About the number of Rafale jets being sent to India, Emmanuel Lenin said, “Right now, 21 Rafale delivered to India, 11 have been ferried to India, 3 are right now being ferried and 5 extra will be ferried by end of April. Total, in 2022, the 36 (Rafale jets) will have been delivered as per contract. It’s really a great achievement.”

Also read: Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh Becomes First Women Pilot To Become A Part Of Rafale Squadron

These 36 Rafale fighter jets had been ordered by India from France on 30th September, 2016. The first five of these Dassault Rafale fighter jets had arrived in India by the end of July 2020, and they had been inducted into service, by September 2020.

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