India Bought Rafale planes to counter ‘Chinese threat’?
India Bought Rafale planes – On the arrival of five Rafale planes in India, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, without naming China, said that these planes would enable the Indian Air Force to face any threat. Those who want to threaten our country’s sovereignty are disturbed by the inclusion of these aircraft in the Indian Air Force,” the defense minister was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
According to experts, Rajnath is referring to his neighbor China, with whom 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash in the Gulwan Valley of Ladakh. However, China has not commented on the deaths of its troops. It may be recalled that India has struck a ڈالر 9.4 billion deal with France under which India will buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and the remaining 31 aircraft will be handed over to India by the end of 2021.
According to AFP, India acknowledges that it lags behind China and other countries in terms of military equipment and that the purchase of Rafale aircraft was done to strengthen the military.
“These aircraft were desperately needed to increase capacity,” said Sameer Patel, an international security studies expert at the Gateway House think tank.
“This will help India cope with the threat posed by China, as it is clear that the ongoing tensions in Ladakh will continue till winter.”
In India, the Congress party has accused the deal of corruption
Traditionally, India has been buying defense equipment from Russia, but the purchase of these aircraft from France has shifted it. In India, the Congress party has alleged corruption in the deal, but the Indian government has vehemently denied it and the court has said there is no evidence to investigate. The French company Dassault wants to sell more aircraft to India and India has said it needs 150 more fighter jets for the Air Force and Navy.