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July 13, 2023 | International, Aerospace

India gives initial nod to buy French Rafale jets, submarines

India's defence ministry has given initial approval to purchase 26 Rafale fighter jets for its navy and three Scorpene class submarines, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's arrival in France, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said.

https://www.reuters.com/world/india/india-defence-ministry-gives-initial-okay-buy-rafale-jets-submarines-source-2023-07-13/

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