Rajnath Singh, in France to receive the 1st Rafale jet, took a nearly 25-minute sortie in it
India does not purchase arms to threaten any country but to increase its defence capabilities, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday after his nearly 25-minute sortie in the Rafale combat jet which he described as “very comfortable and smooth”.
Mr Singh, who changed into combat flight gear for the ride after he had performed a Shastra Puja on the jet at Merignac airport, said the aircraft will enhance the Indian Air Force combat capability massively – intended only for self-defence.
“We do not purchase arms and other defence equipments to threaten any country but to increase our capabilities & strengthen our defences. The credit for the acquisition of the Rafale jets must go to PM @narendramodi. His decisiveness has greatly benefited our national security,” Rajnath Singh tweeted.
Describing his sortie in Rafale as a memorable and once in a lifetime experience, 68-year-old Singh said, “I had never imagined that I would be flown at supersonic speed; a very comfortable and smooth flight during which I was able to observe the many capabilities of the jet, its air-to-air and air-to-ground combat capabilities”.
On September 19, Rajnath Singh flew in the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru, becoming the first defence minister to fly in the indigenously-built light combat aircraft (LCA).
“This aircraft marks a massive enhancement in the Indian Air…