Indian team to inspect Paris gift soon

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New Delhi: An Indian Air Force team will visit France shortly to inspect two Mirage fighter planes offered as gift.

The Air Force team headed by a Squadron Leader will visit  France despite the Rafale controversy raging in the country.

Reports said the Indian Air Force team will go to France next month to “inspect” a gift from the French government of two Dassault-made Mirage-2000 aircrafts.

The reports said Rafale deal was done for 36 fighter jets. Meanwhile,  France has offered India two Mirage-2000 fighter planes, virtually free at a very nominal cost.

Officials said the team will visit Chateaudun French air force base situated close to the French capital, Paris.

Reports said India has accepted the offer, but the team will judge the quality of the fighter planes. With the induction of the two gifts, the IAF will have two additional Mirage-2000 fighter jets to the fleet of  50 odd.

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