India’s first Rafale fighter jet received by Rajnath Singh in France

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India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier visit the assembly line for Indian Air Force Rafale fighter jets before a ceremony at the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux, France. (Photo: reuters)

India got the formal delivery of the first of the 36 long-awaited Rafale fighter jets bought from the Dassault Aviation in France on Tuesday. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a three-day visit to France, accepted the handover at a facility of Rafale manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Bordeaux. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was preceded by Shastra Puja - the traditional worship of weapons during Dussehra. The minister also went for a sortie in the aircraft -- a process that was also meant to test the India-specific adaptations made. Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Singh met French President Emmanuel Macron and discussed stronger strategic ties with France.

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