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Cheryl Sanders
October 9, 2019

Also accompanying Rajnath, Defence secretary Ajay Kumar, assured the company of support and asked them to prepare a document highlighting any "pain points" they foresee in their expansion agenda, which will be taken into consideration. Singh sat in the rear cockpit while the French pilot flew the customised Rafale fighter jet with tail number RB-01.

This is not the first time that Singh is taking a sortie in a fighter aircraft. You are going to France and performing puja, wasn't the Rafale jet coming to India?

"The handing over ceremony of Rafale was completed after pooja".

"This is a historic and landmark day for the Indian Armed forces, which reflects the depth of strategic partnership between India and France".

"This aircraft marks a massive enhancement in the Indian Air Force combat capability but that enhancement is not for attack purposes but as a deterrent for self defense", Singh further said. While being inducted into the Air Force, it was protected with nimbu-nariyal (lemon-coconut). The festival of Dussehra symbolises the victory of good over evil as per Hindu traditions. "And therefore a symbolic day in so many ways", he added.

Singh received the aircraft at the handing-over ceremony in the presence of French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly. Representatives of the top military brass from the French side were also present on the occasion.

Singh's French counterpart Florence Parly described the Rafale as a symbol of the best France has to offer India to protect its sovereignty and also of the French commitment to the "Make in India" initiative. He was helped with strapping on the security equipment by officials of the Indian Air Force (IAF) who have accompanied him on the trip. "We stand alongside the Indian Air Force since 1953, we are totally committed to fulfil its requirements for the decades to come and to be part of India's ambitious vision for the future", Trappier said in a statement. As part of a wider "Make in India" message, Singh will invite them to participate in the DefExpo to be held in Lucknow from 5 to 8 February next year. While the formal handover ceremony takes place this week, the first batch of four Rafale jets will fly to their home base in India by May 2020.

"India is set to become the third largest commercial market for aviation and we are keen to create a strong maintenance and fix base in India to serve customers", Andries said.

"These aircraft, which are on course to be delivered on scheduled as per the agreement signed in September 2016, have been created to meet the highly demanding needs of the Indian Air Force, which operates in a very sensitive geopolitical environment", he said.

Before coming to Bordeaux, Singh met France President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and later termed the meeting as "fruitful".

Singh took a tour of Safran's assembly line near the French capital of Paris.

The $8.78 billion deal sparked controversy in India previous year with the main opposition Indian National Congress party accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of buying the aircraft at almost three times the price being negotiated when it was the ruling party before Modi came to power in 2014.

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