New Delhi: The French government has clarified that Pakistani fighter pilots were not trained on Rafale aircraft, according to latest reports.
The reports said the Ambassador of France to New Delhi has denied to the effect that Pak pilots were trained to fly the Rafale aircraft for the Qatari Air Force.
According to an independent media firm, ainonline.com, that mainly covers aviation sector, “the first batch of pilots trained for Qatar in November 2017 were Pakistani exchange officers.”
The author of the article was Jon Lake.
Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said he would confirm that the online story was a fake news.
Media reports said the French government has cross-checked details of this article.
The sources said Qatar took delivery of its first Rafale at Dassault’s Merignac facility on February 6 this year.
Dassault in a statement said Qatar had signed up for 24 Rafale fighters in May 2015. In December 2017, it ordered an additional 12 fighters, the statement said.
The statement further stated that the deal for the first 24 fighters was valued at euro 6.3 billion.