36 ad­di­tional Rafales of­fered

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence in India -

French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron was on a state visit to In­dia from 9 March 2018 dur­ing which time he and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi signed 14 agree­ments, cov­er­ing a num­ber of ar­eas from se­cu­rity, nu­clear en­ergy and protection of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to ed­u­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­ment, ur­ban de­vel­op­ment and rail­ways. How­ever, the In­dia-France joint state­ment did not men­tion any ac­qui­si­tion of an­other 36 Rafale fight­ers de­spite Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s in­sis­tence that “the de­fence con­tract is at the heart of the strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­tries. In­dia had made a sov­er­eign de­ci­sion in this re­spect and we are mon­i­tor­ing progress in the field. We very much want to con­tinue the pro­gramme. It is a long-term con­tract which is mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial. I per­son­ally con­sider it as the heart of the strate­gic part­ner­ship,” Macron stressed.

Prior to Pres­i­dent Macron’s visit, French de­fence min­is­ter Florence Par­ly­had had sug­gested to her In­dian coun­ter­part Nir­mala Sithara­man that France “is keen to ini­ti­ate dis­cus­sions on the pro­posal of pro­vid­ing an ad­di­tional 36 Rafales to the IAF,

On 10 March 2018, SpiceJet and CFM signed a $12.5-bil­lion agree­ment for pur­chas­ing LEAP-1B en­gines to power the 155 Boe­ing 737 MAX air­lin­ers on or­der, along with spare en­gines to sup­port the fleet. The air­line also signed a 10-year Rate per Flight Hour (RPFH) agree­ment with CFM Ser­vices that cov­ers all LEAP1B en­gines pow­er­ing SpiceJet’s 737 MAX air­craft. SpiceJet cur­rently op­er­ates a fleet of more than 38 CFM56-7B-pow­ered Boe­ing 737 NG fam­ily air­craft.“From what we have seen so far, the LEAP-1B is liv­ing up to its prom­ises for ef­fi­ciency and re­li­a­bil­ity,” stated Ajay Singh, SpiceJet Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor.

IAF C-17 Globe­mas­ter at Tut­ing

The In­dian Air Force’s largest trans­port air­craft, the Boe­ing C-17 Globe­mas­ter III op­er­ated from Arunachal Pradesh’s Tut­ing Ad­vanced Land­ing Ground (ALG) in the Up­per Siang dis­trict

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