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

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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