On 29th July 2020, the first five Rafale Indian Air Force (IAF) aircrafts landed at Air Force Base, Ambala from France. The chief guests to the induction ceremony are India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and French Defense Minister Florence Parly. This function has also attended by the Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Air Staff Marshal RKS Bhadauria. Along with these, many senior officers of the Defence and Armed Forces also present.
On Thursday, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh officially sworn the Rafale in to the IAF. However, they conducted the induction ceremony at Ambala Air Force base. In fact, the ‘Golden Arrows’ (IAF’s 17 Squadron) has placed at this place. It means, India’s first five Rafale fighters will be part of a squad of ‘Golden Arrows’.
However, at the induction ceremony they gave the Rafale jets a water gun salute. In fact, after that the Rafale, Su-30 and Jaguars performed stunning air manoeuvres. Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly had witnessed the ‘Sarva Dharma Puja’ at Ambala airbase earlier today.
About Rafale fighter jets and deal with France:
India and France had entered a contract for 36 Rafale fighter jets in Sept 2016. At around 60,000 crore, it’s India’s largest defence deal ever signed. Manohar Parrikar was the defence minister at the time they signed the deal. However, he just passed away a year ago in 2019.
The aircraft can carry a range of powerful weapons. The European missile manufacturer MBDA’s Meteor beyond the visual range of air-to- air missiles and Scalp cruise missiles will be the centrepiece of the Rafale jet weapons packs.
The five Rafales arriving in the country include three single-seaters and two twin-seaters. Because of their long-range strike capabilities, the Rafales, armed with the air-to-air meteor, air-to-ground SCALP and hammer missiles. However, these called for to give the Indian Air Force an edge over its typical opponents China and Pakistan in the South Asian skies.
In October last year, Rajnath had given a visit to France to accept the first Rafale jet batch at the auspicious Dussehra festival. Also, they took off the aircraft after conducting pooja with traditional Hindu ritual.
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