India and France signed for 36 Fighter Jets worth Rs 58000 crores
India and France signed Rafale deal for 36 fighter jets worth Rs. 58000 crores that is about 7.8 billion euros.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and French Minister of Defence signed agreement on Friday Sept 23, 2016. India paid the advance amount of 15% from the total amount of Rs. 58000 crores for 36 twin engine fighters.
India will also buy Meteor missile and other spares. It will be designed to attack enemy aircraft and missile that is more than 150 km away.
The long pending fighter jets deal was finally signed by both countries. India has been waiting for long time for the good price. The bid opened in January 2012, earlier India planned to buy about 126 fighter jets that to be partially made in India. But finally when Prime Minister Modi visited France, he announced a deal of 36 fighters that he said to be cheaper.
Its features are
Length: 15.27 metres
Wingspan: 10.80 m
Empty weight: 9,500 kg
Loaded weight: 14, 016 kg
Fuel Capacity: 4,700 kg
Top speed: 2,130 km/h
Crew: 1 or 2
Rafale is a multipurpose medium fighter and it is in use in French Air Force and Navy. It has ability of Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Meteor air-to-air missile with a range in excess of 150 km.
Rafale fighter can do data sharing and day and night operation based on precision.
Rafale body can carry a large number of weapons, more than nine tonnes of external load on the plane.
It is built upon the highly successful MIRAGE 2000 plane, which IAF has extensively used, even in the Kargil war.
From 3 years of signing the agreement, Indian Air Force will get the fighter jets, which originally requires 126 fighters. India will also be getting two squadrons of the state-of-the-art fighter. The first Rafale warplanes are said to be delivered to India within 18 months of after final agreement signing.