India seals deal to buy French fighter jets for $8.7 billion

India has signed a deal to buy 36 jet fighter aircraft from France at the cost of 7.8 billion euros ($8.7 billion).

France’s Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, co-signed the agreement with Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi, Friday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated his desire to buy the 36 Rafale twin-jet aircraft during a visit to Paris in April 2015.103169905-ap_845051068724-530x298