The latest fighter jet for the Indian Navy is the Navy Rafale, the Indian government said on Saturday. The choice was determined following a fruitful testing campaign in India, where it was shown that the Navy Rafale satisfies all of the operational needs of the Indian Navy and is ideally suited for its aircraft carrier.

The addition of 26 Rafale jets in the Naval configuration to the current fleet of 36 Rafale aircraft has been confirmed by the French aerospace manufacturer Dassault Aviation. This choice was made during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s high-profile trip to Paris.

Earlier on Thursday, when PM Modi touched down in Paris for a two-day visit, India unveiled a multi-billion dollar contract for Rafale aircraft. He was given the privilege of being the guest of honour for the ceremonies of France’s national day.

The request to purchase 26 Rafale fighters in the naval configuration and three Scorpene class submarines of French design was accepted by the Defence Acquisition Council, which is chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Four of the 26 planes will be deployed as naval platform trainer aircraft.

Within three years of the contract’s signing, the aircraft will begin to be delivered. However, because extensive pricing talks must take place, it may take around a year to complete the agreement.

India is one of the biggest buyers of French weapons, according to AFP reports. A important deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter planes, worth at around 4.0 billion euros at the time, was disclosed back in 2015 during Prime Minister Modi’s trip to Paris.

During the military parade on Bastille Day in France, some of these aircraft performed a flypast. Prime Minister Modi attended the ceremony as a distinguished guest of honour and was seated next to French President Emmanuel Macron.

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