While Speaking to the media Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the induction of the Rafale aircraft is a “big and stern message for the entire world, especially to those eyeing our sovereignty”, in what can be seen as a message to China amid the standoff along the LOC in Ladakh.

He further said that “This induction is important considering the kind of atmosphere at our borders or should I say the kind of atmosphere created at our borders,”adding that the strategic ties between India and France have also strengthened.