France delivers to India its first Rafale
Communiqué from the French Ministry for the Armed Forces.
Mérignac, France - 9 October 2019
H.E. Ms Florence Parly, French Minister for the Armed Forces, on 8th October 2019 travelled to the Dassault Aviation plant in Bordeaux for the ceremony to hand over the first Rafale to India.
The first delivery of a series of 36 aircraft to come, this phase symbolizes the excellent relations between France and India.
The Hon’ble Minister of Defence of the Republic of India, Shri Rajnath Singh, undertook a visit to France on 8th-9th October, 2019 on the occasion of the delivery of the first Rafale combat aircraft to India.
This visit witnessed a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Mérignac, France. Ms Florence Parly received Shri Rajnath Singh, on its premises in the presence of Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO, Mr Eric Trappier.
This visit is a major step in the relationship with India, one of France’s main strategic partners in the Indo-Pacific. In the coming years, 36 Rafale jets will be delivered to India under an intergovernmental agreement signed on 23rd September 2016 between the French and Indian governments.
Following the Rafale-delivery ceremony, the two ministers held talks as part of the second annual Indo-French defence dialogue. They discussed numerous prospects of the already rich bilateral defence cooperation, as well as security issues in the Indo-Pacific region, on which France recently published its defence strategy.