Ambala: The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets landed at Ambala Air Base, Haryana on Wednesday afternoon. It will be inducted in no. 17 ‘Golden Arrows‘ squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
When the fighter jets touched the Indian ground they were welcomed with special and traditional water salute by the Indian Air Force in the presence of Chief of Air Staff RKS Bhadauria.
The aircraft covered a distance of 7,000 kilometres from France. After they entered Indian Air Space, they were accompanied by two Sukhoi MKI aircrafts to the Ambala Base.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh also tweeted about the event. He said ‘ birds have landed safely’. He also tweeted, “the touchdown of Rafale combat aircrafts in India marks the beginning of a new era in our Military History. These multirole aircrafts will revolutionalise the capabilities of the IAF”.
The Birds have landed safely in Ambala.
The touch down of Rafale combat aircrafts in India marks the beginning of a new era in our Military History.
These multirole aircrafts will revolutionise the capabilities of the @IAF_MCC.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 29, 2020
The rest of the fighter jets will reach India by the year 2022. The 4.5 Generation Rafale jet can cross almost double the speed of sound. It has various functions which include ground support, in-depth strike, air-defence, electronic warfare which will take the power of Indian Air Force to a new level.
The IAF officers took off the fighter jet from Merignac in southwest France on Monday. The Indian Air Force also surfaced a video online of the Rafale showing its unique capability of refuelling in mid-air.
The security near the area around the base was also increased. The large gathering was prohibited near the villages of the Ambala Base. People were also asked to not to gather on their roofs or shoot any kind of videos and pictures.
The deliveries of the Rafale jets were officially started last year in the month of October. It was handed over to the Indian Air Force when defence minister, Rajnath Singh visited France. However, the aircrafts stayed over there for the training of the pilots.
The Indian Airforce also tweeted a video of Rafales which were flying in the sky in the ‘Arrow Formation’. It tweeted, “Welcome home ‘Golden Arrows’. Blue skies always”.
— रक्षा मंत्री कार्यालय/ RMO India (@DefenceMinIndia) July 29, 2020