First Rafale in IAF will arrive by 2019
Recently Chairman of Dassault Aviation Eric Trappier was on an Indian visit and during his stay, he revealed that the first Rafale for the Indian Air Force will arrive in 2019 and production from Reliance Aerostructure Limited’s Joint Venture with Dassault Aviation, named Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL), will begin in 2018.
During an interview, he also said that certain parts for 36 Rafale and Dassault Falcons will be made in India as part of the deal.
At the same time, Dassault is also looking to participate in the ‘Make in India’ initiative of PM Narendra Modi where it wants to manufacture parts as well as aircraft in India which would be beneficial for both India and France. France has a long rich experience in the field of aviation while India is still lacking such experience and that is where such initiative can help India gain experience.
Last year, India finalized the deal with Dassault to purchase their flagship combat aircraft Rafale. The Rafale fighter jets come equipped with state-of-the-art missiles like meteor and scalp which give the IAF a capability that had been missing in its arsenal.