*NEW DELHI - In a* Big Boost to India, Indian Air Force gets the first acceptance Rafale combat fighter jet from France, India media has reported.
Indian Air Force (IAF) has finally received its first ‘acceptance’ Rafale combat aircraft from France, According to news agency ANI. Deputy Air Force Chief Air Marshal VR Chaudhary also flew in the aircraft for around one hour.
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India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.
The major defence deal was at the centre of massive political controversy with the Congress and the other Opposition parties alleging corruption by the Narendra Modi government in the deal.