To receive the 5 Rafale Fighter Jets in India from France, the Chief of Air Staff, RKS Bhadauria, will be present at the Ambala Air Base. This is India’s first-ever major acquisition of fighter jets in the past two decades.
The first five of a batch of Rafales will touch the Indian land on Wednesday afternoon. The jets are expected to land in Ambala, Haryana, India, at 2 P.M.
This deal was signed on September 23, 2016, for 36 Rafale fighter jets at a whopping amount of 59,000 crores. The fighter jets have been purchased from French Aerospace Major Dassault Aviation.
The batch of 5 fighter jets made a stopover at AI Dhafra, UAE, at the France Air Base.
The fighter jets are accompanied by 2 A330 Phoenix MRTT refueling planes from the French Air Base.
On this, Jawed Ashraf, India’s Ambassador to France, said- “Our air force pilots tell us that these are extremely swift, nimble, versatile and very deadly aircraft,” Source: NDTV.
Further, he said- “This is going to add a great deal of strength to our airpower and defence preparedness, but it is also a powerful symbol of our strategic partnership between France and India,” Source: NDTV.
Considering safety as the prime focus at the moment, several security forces have been appointed in and around the airbase, which is located 200 km away from the Pakistan border. Gathering of large people has been banned for a particular time duration. The local MLAs have urged the local people to light candles to welcome the fighter jets to the Indian land.
The jets are piloted by the IAF (Indian Air Force) officers. The official delivery of Rafale fighter jets started in October 2019.
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