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By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, Oct 06, 2018:
Amid controversies surrounding the Rafale deal, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal R Nambiar on Saturday informed that the Indian Air Force will get the Rafale aircraft by September next year.
"Rafale jet is an excellent fighter aircraft which is highly capable and will be a game changer," Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief told media persons on the sidelines of the two-day AIR FEST 2018 held today at the Advance Landing Ground (ALG) Upper Shillong, Meghalaya today.
While stating that the presence of fighter jets will give a boost to the security forces in the Northeast, the Air Marshal said "These jets will give us a lot of deterrence and will provide us a capability which never existed."
"Roughly about 30 per cent of IAF is based in Northeast, so you can imagine how important the area is for all of us," he said.
Furthermore, he informed that the fighter jets will be in Hasimara Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force which is located strategically near the Indo-Bhutan border in Alipurduar district, West Bengal in 2020.
Informing about the presence of modern platforms in the region, the Air Marshal said that all the units in Northeast except some in West Bengal are equipped with all the modern platforms to handle sophisticated aircraft like the Rafale the Chinook — the Apache attack helicopters.