IAF Chief Scopes Out Rafale Facilities In France

Shiv Aroor before Rafale flight | Photo / Arpit Agarwal
Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne, currently on a four-day official visit to France, will be spending time with the Rafale squadron at St Dizier "to get a first hand impression of the MMRCA selected by the IAF, as also to see Rafale’s production facilities at Mérignac", the air force said in a statement today.

The first high level visit from India after a new government came to power in France, Air Chief Marshal Browne is scheduled to meet France's new defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Édouard Guillaud,  Director-General of the French Defence Technology and Procurement Agency (DGA) Laurent Collet-Billon and Chief of Staff of the French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros. He will also visit the air bases at Istres and Cognac. While in France, he will also meet members of the Mirage 2000 upgrade project management team.

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