Dassault Reliance Aerospace Express Limited (DRAL) will sub-lease part of a plot in Multi-modal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) special economic zone (SEZ) from the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) to set up Rafale fighter aircraft servicing center in the country. DRAL and MADC deal for sub-lease will clear path to set up Rafale servicing center that will become functional within one-and-a-half years as per media reports.

The upcoming facility at the DRAL will be used for overhauling Rafale jets and also carry out software and hardware upgrades to the jets soon that also includes integration and certification of local and imported weapons systems in the aircraft on behalf of the Indian Air Force that will be supervised by the French company. DRAL facility can also be used to manufacture Rafale for the Indian air force if the company is awarded a contract for additional jets that are mandated to be manufactured and assembled in India.

DRAL is now part of the global supply chain of the Rafale fighter jets after it started manufacturing and supplying doors that cover the twin engines of the fighter jets. All Rafale jets manufactured for India or any other export customer of the jet now will have an Indian connection. Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) was initially making only cockpits for the French manufacturer’s Falcon business jets, besides other parts.

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