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Indian cabinet approves purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets

The Rafale deal is set to pave the way for India’s long overdue military overhaul

By: Eastern Eye Staff

India’s cabinet cleared the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation on Wednesday (September 21), paving the way for signing a deal that prime minister Narendra Modi is betting on to modernise the air force, a government source said. The acquisition is part of a $150-billion (£116bn) military overhaul India has launched, drawing global arms makers into one of the world’s most promising markets. Under the deal, India will get 36 Rafale jets ready to go straight into service. India’s fighter aircraft fleet, comprising Russian, British and French planes, is down to 33 squadrons as against the air…

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