India to wait another two years for French Rafale jets: minister

April 11, 2015 5:53 PM

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will not receive its first Rafale fighter jet from France's Dassault Aviation for up to two and a half years and tricky issues including pricing must still be worked out, India's defense minister said on Saturday.

Manohar Parrikar's comments came a day after India ordered 36 ready-to-fly Rafale fighters to modernize an ageing fleet apace with neighbors China and arch-rival Pakistan, which are fast upgrading military hardware.

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