France delivers its first Rafale aircraft to India
India – France delivers its first Rafale to India – Press release issued by the Ministry for the Armed Forces
Paris, 8 October 2019
Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces, is visiting the Dassault Aviation site in Bordeaux today to attend the delivery ceremony for India’s first Rafale.
Mr Rajnath Singh, the Indian Minister of Defence, is paying a visit to France on 8 and 9 October 2019 to mark the delivery of the first Rafale aircraft to India.
A high point of the visit will be a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation site in Mérignac, at which Mme Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces, will host Mr Singh, in the presence of M. Eric Trappier, CEO [of Dassault Aviation].
This visit is a milestone in the relationship with India, one of France’s main strategic partners in the Indo-Pacific. Over the next few years, 36 Rafale aircraft will be delivered to India under the intergovernmental agreement signed between the French and Indian governments on 23 September 2016.
Following the Rafale delivery ceremony, the two ministers will hold talks in the framework of the second Franco-Indian Annual Defence Dialogue. They will discuss the many prospects of what is already fruitful bilateral defence cooperation, and the security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, for which France recently published its defence strategy./.