France to send four Rafales to India forquadrennial 'Garuda' exercises

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    abhi_the _gr8_maratha Senior Member Senior Member

    Apr 15, 2014
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    France will send four Dassault Rafale
    fighters to India in June to take part in
    the fifth round of joint 'Garuda' air
    exercises, an Indian Air Force
    spokesman said in New Delhi on 22
    He told IHS Jane's that the Rafales,
    accompanied by a KC-135 Stratotanker
    tanker, will undertake combat drills
    with the IAF's Sukhoi Su-30MKI,
    upgraded Mikoyan MiG-27 and MiG-21
    'bis' fighters at the Jodhpur air base,
    600 km west of New Delhi, for 10 days
    until 13 June.
    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has
    been in advanced negotiations with
    Dassault to acquire 126 Rafales for the
    IAF's Medium Multi-Role Combat
    Aircraft (MMRCA) requirement since
    2012 but these talks recently stalled
    due to a resource crunch and the
    ongoing general election in India.

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