Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to fly a sortie in India’s first Rafale aircraft in France on October 8. During his trip to France, the defence minister will officially receive the fighter jet from France and is likely to fly in it after it is officially inducted in the Indian Air Force, defence sources told India Today TV.
News agency ANI, quoting IAF sources, said that a French pilot will fly in the front cockpit, while Rajnath Singh will sit in the rear cockpit. The first Indian Rafale aircraft with tail no RB-01 will be used for the sortie, it said.
RB-01 is the tail number appointed to India’s first Rafale jet in the honour of new IAF chief RKS Bhadauria in recognition of his role in the around Rs 60,000 crore deal signed in 2016 for 36 planes.