India get 1st rafale jet, performs Ayudha pooja

India get 1st rafale jet, performs Ayudha pooja

Today, India celebrated the 87th Air force Day. On this occasion, defence minister Rajnath Singh accepted the first Rafale aircraft at Dassault's aviation facility in Merignac, France.

The IAF received its first rafale today from a  series of 36 aircraft from France, of course in the presence of our defence minister. The handover ceremony was attended by Singh along with French counterpart Florence Parly at southwestern France.

Singh quoted that "Rafale will boost India's air dominance exponentially". Earlier, Rajnath Singh met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on expanding the strategic partnership between India and France.

As a part of Dussehra celebrations, the traditional Shastra Puja (Ayudha Pooja)  has been arranged, that is, worshipping weapons ceremony. After the puja, defence minister made a quick tour in the Rafale jet, including with breaking of coconut before the new aircraft.

The deal of total ordered 36 Rafale fighter jets in 2016 from France are worth Rs 59,000 crore. And all 36 jets are expected to arrive in India by September 2022. For this training pilot and getting infrastructure done is under fast-paced process. The rafale jet is a versatile aircraft which can carry out all combat aviation missions to achieve air superiority and air defence as per manufacturers.