SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK (INN)
Three French made Rafale Fighter jet from Armée de l’Air ( French Air Force ) have landed in Air force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru to participate in 10th International Aero India 2015 which will start from 18 till 22 February this month .
Three French made Rafale Fighter will be on Static and Flying Display on all four days . Two Trainer variant along with one Single seater Fighter variant have landed today and from tomorrow will be doing practice flight tests in the vicinity.
Talks between India and France over purchase of 126 Rafale fighter jets under MMRCA Tender has been going on for last three years due to frequent delays current Defence minister Manohar Parrikar had advocated purchase of additional Sukhoi-30 aircrafts if the deal with France collapses . Earlier media reports had indicated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may fly French Rafale Fighter jet at Aero India 2015 but later clarification coming from MOD said that they were no such plans .
France and India are hoping for a break-though in talks at Aero India 2015 and possible clearance of the deal before end of March 2015 . In 2011, the government reduced the bidders to two fighters Euro fighter aircraft Typhoon and Dassault Rafale. In early 2012, the government announced that Dassault Rafale had won the contest because of its lower cost.