Indian Air Force chief embarks on France visit to strengthen ties | Sangbad Pratidin

News Daily Digital Desk: Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhaduria left for France on Monday to further strengthen bilateral ties. It is reported that talks will be held to further enhance cooperation between the two countries’ air forces. At the same time, analysts say the Air Force chief’s visit is significant in the wake of the Rafale warplane controversy.

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Marking the continuity of growing bilateral defense cooperation with the French Air and Space Force, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff left for France today on an official visit: Indian Air Force (File photo) – ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2021 According to Air Force sources, the visit of Air Chief Marshal RKS Vadoria will continue from April 19 to 23. He will visit the French Air Force base. According to sources, the two countries may also discuss the purchase of missile systems in Rafale, like warplanes. Vadoria is also expected to discuss joint military exercises with the French Air Force and training of pilots with the country’s air chief and top military officials. According to the 2016 agreement, India will buy a total of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. The first five Rafale warplanes arrived in India last August. Then three warplanes arrived in January, five in February and seven in March at Haryana’s Ambala airport. All aircraft are expected to arrive in India by September 2022. The first of the two Indian Air Force raffle squadrons is in Ambala, Haryana, and the second will be at the Hasimara Air Force Base in Alipurduar. The controversy, which seemed to have subsided in 2019 after the Supreme Court’s clinchit, has been revived by a series of explosive claims by a French media outlet called MEDIAPART. Earlier, the media claimed that the French company Dassult had given a gift of one million Euros to the Indian mediator in the Rafale deal. This time the media has demanded more explosives. They claim that Sushen Gupta, the middleman in the deal, leaked the secret documents of the Indian Ministry of Defense to the French company in exchange for crores of rupees before the Rafale deal. In such a situation, analysts think that the visit of the Chief of Air Staff to France is very significant.

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