19.1 C
Wednesday, October 27, 2021


yes punjab punjabi redirection

Mera Ghar

Loan Waiver

Kisan Victims

Water Bills

Electricity Bills

Invest Punjab

Group D


PSSSB Chemical

Markfed Sept to Nov


Rafale already flown by Pakistan Air Force: Pak media

- Advertisement -

New Delhi, Sep 24, 2019 –

Less than a fortnight before French aviation major Dassault delivers the first Rafale fighter aircraft to India, an Islamabad-based newspaper report quoted that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) pilots have already been given access to the fighter jets and have trained to operate them in France.

The unsubstantiated media report, however, did not quote anybody even as it mentioned that the Pakistani military is aware of the exact specifications of the aircraft.

When contacted, Indian Air Force (IAF) officials rubbished the media report by calling it baseless.

“(The aircraft)… has reportedly been undermined by recent reports that Pakistani pilots were given access to the aircraft and trained to operate them in France…. Pakistani military is likely aware of the exact specifications of the fighters has dealt a serious blow to the platform’s potential viability in Indian hands,” states the newspaper report.

India has signed a multi-billion dollar inter-governmental agreement with France and Dassault Aviation to acquire 36 Rafale aircraft in flyaway condition. The first of these aircraft was technically ‘accepted’ by the IAF in France last week. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will formally receive the aircraft in France on Dussehra next month.

“While the primary pretext link for Rafale acquisition has been to counter Pakistan, particularly in light of recent skirmishes in the air between the two countries in late February 2019, news that the Pakistani military is likely aware of the exact specifications of the fighters has dealt a serious blow to the platform’s potential viability in Indian hands…. Pakistani pilots under the Qatari Air Force were dispatched to France to train on the Rafales,” the report further states.

The first of the 36 Rafale aircraft will physically arrive in India only in May 2020. The aircraft will be stationed at Ambala Air Base in Punjab and Hashimara Air Base in West Bengal.  (Agency)

- Advertisement -

Yes Punjab - TOP STORIES

Punjab News

Sikh News

Transfers, Postings, Promotions

- Advertisement -spot_img

Stay Connected






UK Glasgow Climate Change Summit

Glasgow Climate Change Summit – by Asad Mirza

The upcoming Glasgow Summit will prove whether the global leaders are ready to put the entire mankind to peril or whether sagaciously they'll work...
Security Force in Kashmir

Kashmir: A battle that has been laid off for far too long- by Amjad Ayub Mirza

On October 22, 1947 Pakistan attacked the State of Jammu and Kashmir. It was the beginning of a conflict that would leave thousands dead...
Indian Population

In the light of the population explosion debate – by Nirendra Dev

Mizoram has made news -- not necessarily for the wrong reasons but certainly for quite unexpected reasons. North-Eastern India generally makes news due to...


Health & Fitness

Brain Complications

Covid more likely to cause rare brain complications than vax: Study

London, Oct 26, 2021 - Getting Covid infection increases the risk of rare neurological complications in people more than the vaccines, according to a new study. The study led by researchers from the University of Oxford analysed the healthcare records of more than 32 million people in England. Their findings, published in Nature Medicine, showed that Covid infection is associated with...

Gadgets & Tech