Giving a boost to Narendra Modi government, which has been facing severe criticisms from the opposition on Rafale deal, the Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal S B Deo today asserted that it is a beautiful aircraft which will give India “unprecedented” combat capabilities.
He also said those criticising the Rafale deal must understand the laid down norms and procurement procedure. “It is a beautiful aircraft…It is a very capable aircraft and we are waiting to fly it,” he added.
On the sidelines of an event when asked about the controversy surrounding the Rafale deal, the air marshal said Rafale jets will give India unprecedented advantage over its adversaries in the region.
On Rafale jets, he said “all discussions on the deal” were taking place as people do not have adequate information about the procurement procedure.”We are waiting for the aircraft to come. It is a beautiful aircraft. It is a very capable aircraft. It is a capability that we need quickly,” he added.
It may be recalled that India had inked 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.