French & Indian Defense Ministers sign deal for Rafale fighter jets

The growing tensions in Asia are the ignite point of new arms race. India is one of its main participant. New Delhi is reacting seriously to the growing strength of its neighbours – Pakistan and China.

Indian Air Forces, as a part of modernization program, are acquiring new sophisticated equipment. The long-awaited deal between India and France for 36 Rafale fighter aircraft has been finally inked on Friday Sept. 23 between defence minister Manohar Parikkar and his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian. New Delhi on Wednesday cleared the deal amid indications that the French government waived off the advance guarantee, allowing India to save $150 million. Under the new deal, the Rafales will be built in France and shipped to India, ready for operation.

Defense analysts and officials feel the purchase of Rafale jets would bolster the country's military image in the region and help modernize Indian military's ageing fleet of combat aircrafts.

 Author: Daniel Kasprzycki
Photo: A Dassault Rafale B fighter aircraft (Dassault Aviation)
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