Eric Trappier, the Dassault Aviation CEO, on Thursday, mentioned that if wanted the plane producer is open to offering extra Rafale fighters to the Indian Air Force and the corporate is pleased to make a brand new proposal or repeat the order.
“If the Indian Air Force would like to acquire more Rafale aircraft, we will be happy to make a new proposal or make repeat order,” Dassault Aviation Chief government officer (CEO) advised reporters.
Mr Trappier’s comment follows the standard “Sarva Dharma Puja” on the Rafale induction ceremony, at Ambala airbase on Thursday.
“We are very proud to have been able to achieve and deliver on time, despite the COVID-19 situation which gave some problems. We had to be on time and we are proud that we are on time,” he added.
When requested in regards to the previous allegation about impropriety within the Rafale deal, he answered: “I have said in the past, it is a clean deal. It is a government to government deal and is part of the strategic relationship between India and France. It is good for democracies to be able to have a defence to be sure of peace.”
The first 5 Rafale plane might be a part of 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”. The plane had arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala from France on July 27, 2020.
Over the timeline for supply of remaining plane, Mr Trappier added, “We are doing our best to deliver on time and sometimes we are in advance, which is good for the air force.”
Earlier right this moment, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly, witnessed the ”Sarva Dharma Puja” ceremony which had recitation of hymns, ayats, and mantras by clergymen of varied religions.
This puja was adopted by air show of Rafale fighter plane flanked by SU-30 and Jaguar plane in an arrow formation.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, amongst different senior officers of the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces, have been additionally current to mark an important milestone within the historical past of the IAF.