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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who arrived in the national capital from France visit on Thursday night, said that seven Rafale fighter jets will arrive in India by April or May next year.
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar mocked the "Shashtra Puja" of Rafale aircraft performed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh using lemon and chilli and drew a parallel between the union minister and truck drivers, who hang it on their new trucks believing it protects vehicle from evil eye.
India and France have agreed to expand the scope and complexity of the existing regular bilateral joint exercises like Shakti, Varuna, and Garuda.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday paid a visit to a Safran group facility, the company which manufactures engines for Rafale fighter jets.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held discussions on a wide range of issues pertaining to India's bilateral defence engagement with his French counterpart during his three-day visit to France.
Congress leader Udit Raj on Wednesday took a dig at Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for performing 'Shastra Puja' after receiving the first Rafale fighter jet in France and said that India will be able to build such aircraft when "superstitions" end.
Striker Kylian Mbappe will miss France's Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Iceland and Turkey due to an injury, the France Football Federation confirmed on Tuesday (local time).
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that India will have to retaliate if someone tries to "destabilise" the country.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday received the first of the 36 French-built Rafale fighter jet bearing the tail number RB-001 in the French port city of Bordeaux and performed 'Shastra Puja' on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flew a sortie on the newly inducted French-built Rafale fighter, which was formally handed over to India here on Tuesday.