Dassault Aviation equips Indian Air Force with 36 Rafale

Dassault Aviation has signed a contract with France and India for the acquisition of 36 Rafale, the company said.

The conclusion of this contract comes after Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, expressed his desire to equip the Indian Air Force with 36 Rafale.

The company said the Rafale was chosen by India in 2012 following a competitive bidding process initiated in 2007. The Rafale has been used by the French armed forces in combat operations for more than a decade.

The Rafale is a twin-jet fighter aircraft able to operate from both an aircraft carrier and a shore base.

Dassault Aviation has delivered than 8,000 military and civil aircraft to more than 90 countries over the past 60 years, and has logged nearly 28 million flight hours to date. In 2015, Dassault Aviation reported revenues of EUR4.20 billion.