New Delhi, Oct 10 : Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar welcomed the induction of the Rafale fighter jets in the Indian Air Force on Thursday.
"The Indian Air Force has received its first Rafale fighter jet from France.
Combat Range: 780-1650 kms
Maximum speed: 2,233 km/hr
Firing ability: 2,500 rounds per minute
Welcome to India, Flying Beast," the Minister said in his tweet.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh presided over the handover ceremony in France on Tuesday.
Rafale, which is not only unmatched with its ability to suppress and blind enemy sensors and radars, can also engage enemy aircraft or ground targets, while remaining much inside Indian airspace.
India has contracted 36 (two squadrons) Rafale Fighters at a whopping Rs 59,000 crore after long-winded negotiations which began in 2006 but was only finalised in 2016. It has taken 13 long years for the first fighter to join the force.(UNI)