Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff on Thursday amid his five day tour to France post accepting the invitation of Gen Philippe Lavigne, Chief of Staff and made a visit to Rafale Conversion Training Center (RCTC), Bordeaux – Merignac and had an interaction with the IAF contigent at the CTC facility.
This is the second day of Marshal RKS Bhadauria’s five day visit to France.
In a tweet posted by Indian Air Force, “CAS visit to France – Day 2. Air Chief Mshl RKS Bhadauria visited Rafale Conversion Training Center (CTC), Bordeaux – Merignac and interacted with IAF contigent at the CTC facility.”
The tweet further stated, “In the latter part of the day, CAS along with Gen Lavigne, Chief of Staff @Armee_de_lair, visited Saint-Dizier Air Base. They were received by the Base Cdr, Col Julien Fourneret who conducted the Chiefs on a tour of the resident fighter sqns and other op and maintenance units.”
France is expected to supply a count of 36 Rafale fighter jets to India according to the contract formalized by both the countries in 2016. The fifth batch of Rafale aircrafts reached India on Wednesday after flying a distance of 8,000 kilometers from Merignac Air Base in France.
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