India receives all 36 Rafale aircraft from France.

  • India has received all 36 Rafale aircraft from France, with the last aircraft landing in the country on 15 December.
  • According to the Indian Air Force, after taking off from France, the aircraft arrived after a rapid mid-air refueling from a UAE Air Force tanker aircraft.
  • India and France had signed an inter-governmental agreement in 2016, under which Paris agreed to provide 36 Rafale fighter jets to India at a cost of around Rs 60,000 crore. The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived on July 29, 2020.
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