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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The last Dassault Rafale jet meant for the Indian Air Force with 13 India Specific Enhancements (ISE) has been handed over to IAF officials in France as Dassault has completed orders for 36 jets that India has placed by the Inter-governmental agreement (IGA) for €7.87 billion for 36 multi-role fighter jets in fly-away condition was inked in 2016.

35 Rafale jets are already in India but the last one is held back in France to carry out the last round of testing of customized 13 ISE features requested by the IAF that will be later incorporated into other 35 jets in India by HAL and Dassault.

IAF already has 3 Rafales that have come with hardware tweaks for the 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISE) but these jets also needs software upgrades that will be performed soon in India with an average rate of 3 aircraft per month. 36th Rafale was to be handed over to IAF in April this year but was delayed for some reason.

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