India: A side-order of Meteors with the new Rafales

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has told France that New Delhi wants 8-10 Meteor air-to-air missiles delivered with the four Rafale fighters that are scheduled to reach India in May next year, local media reports.

The contract for the jets and weapons had stipulated that the missiles were to be delivered several months after the jets are delivered home.

An IAF induction team of pilots, engineers and technicians is currently undergoing training in France, which has so far handed over three Rafales to India.

Meteor is an active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) developed by MBDA.