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Three Rafale fighters to fly at Aero India 2017

Yelahanka, Bengaluru: Three Rafale fighters — single-seat Rafale C and two two-seat Rafale B will participate in air demonstration at Aero India 2017. In addition to this, Rafale will also fly ‘solo’ as part of the daily air display.

This full-house participation of the fighter in Aero India, after the acquisition of 36 Rafales by the Indian Air Force in September 2016, is ‘consistent with Rafale International’s endeavour to illustrate its commitment to India and Indian interests’. From Dassault Aviation’s perspective, this agreement on 36 Rafale fighters is illustrative of the strategic relationship and the exemplary partnership between India and France and marks the natural progression of the relationship of trust, which began in 1953 when India became Dassault Aviation’s first export customer.

“Dassault Aviation has contributed to India’s defence preparedness for more than 60 years,” said chairman and chief executive officer of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier. “Demonstrating Rafale’s capabilities in Aero India reaffirms our total commitment to India’s sovereignty. We have had a long standing relationship with the Indian Air Force and industry and, thanks to the unmatched capabilities of the Rafale and to our full involvement in the innovative approach of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, we are entirely dedicated to partner India in meeting its strategic defence and economic needs.”

This success of the Rafale confirms the technological know-how and competences of Dassault Aviation and its partners — Thales and Safran Aircraft Engines.


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