New Delhi 08 Oct 2019: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday left for Paris on a three-day visit during which he will receive first of the 36 Rafale jets.
According to a report in ANI, Rajnath Singh said everybody is excited about today's event where the Rafale aircraft will be officially inducted into the Indian Air Force.
Earlier in the day, while leaving for France, the Defence Minister said he is looking forward to strengthening ties with the country.
After receiving the jet, Singh will perform 'Shastra Puja' (worship of weapons) on the occasion of Dussehra and then will take a sortie in the aircraft, officials said.
The ceremony to hand over the Rafale jet will take place at a facility of Dassault Aviation in Merignac of Bordeaux, which is at a distance of around 590 km from Paris. Though Singh will receive the first of the 36 Rafale jets on Tuesday, the first batch of four aircraft will come to India only by May 2020.
On October 9, Singh will address the CEOs of leading French defence firms during which he is likely to urge them to participate in "Make in India" initiatives in defence sector in India.