New Delhi has been eager to update its ageing fighter jets amid tensions with nuclear-armed neighbours China and Pakistan. Photo: AFP New Delhi has been eager to update its ageing fighter jets amid tensions with nuclear-armed neighbours China and Pakistan. Photo: AFP
New Delhi has been eager to update its ageing fighter jets amid tensions with nuclear-armed neighbours China and Pakistan. Photo: AFP

India hopes new Rafale fighter jets begin ‘new era’ and signal its resolve to China

  • India has bought 36 Rafale fighters from France in a deal estimated to be worth US$9.4 billion. All are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2021
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the aircraft would make India’s air force ‘much stronger to deter any threat’, without naming China specifically

Topic |   China-India relations
New Delhi has been eager to update its ageing fighter jets amid tensions with nuclear-armed neighbours China and Pakistan. Photo: AFP New Delhi has been eager to update its ageing fighter jets amid tensions with nuclear-armed neighbours China and Pakistan. Photo: AFP
New Delhi has been eager to update its ageing fighter jets amid tensions with nuclear-armed neighbours China and Pakistan. Photo: AFP
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