SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Amid political bickering in India over the purchase of the 36 Rafale fighter jets, RB 008 a Twin Seater Made-For-India Rafale fighter jet successfully completed its first flight as per media reports on 30th October from Dassault Facility in France.
RB 008 Rafale which stands for Air Marshal Rakesh Bhadauri who was instrumental in price negotiation committee may be the first aircraft to manufactured for India but will be retained in France and only will be delivered with the last batch in 2022 and since it will act as a platform upon which will be used to test India specific enhancements for Indian air force .
RB001 to RB007 which are all twin-seaters will be built as per the current production line and will later be upgraded back home in India after delivery. 28 single-seaters Rafale will have serial numbers from BS001 to BS028 and BS Stands for Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Current Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force.
As per agreed Delivery Schedules, first Rafale will be handed over to Indian Air force from September 2019 onwards and the delivery of 36 jets will be concluded by 2022.
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