IAF formally inducts Rafale in its fleet at Ambala airbase | India News

AMBALA: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday formally inducted the much talked about fourth-generation flying machine, Rafale in its arsenal.
The first batch of five aircrafts was formally inducted into the IAF’s inventory at an impressive ceremony held at the strategic Ambala airbase. The event was attended by Union defence minister, Rajnath Singh and Florence Parly, minister of the armed forces of France.
Chief of defence staff, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the air staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, defence Secretary Ajay Kumar along with other senior officers of ministry of defence and armed forces were also present to mark the important milestone in the history of the IAF.
The multirole and one of the most advanced flying machines, Rafale would be part of 17-Squadron, which is popularly known as the “Golden Arrows”, at the Ambala airbase.
The first five Indian air force Rafale aircraft had arrived at the Ambala airbase from France on July 27. The formal induction ceremony, however, was deferred to ensure that the pilots and crew put their heads down and become integrated with the overall IAF operations at the earliest. The second batch of aircrafts is expected to arrive in India by the end of November this year.
The IAF would be acquiring a total of 36 Rafale jets from France and all the aircrafts are expected to be inducted into IAF by the end of 2021. Rafale aircrafts are India’s first major acquisition of fighter aircrafts for IAF after Sukhoi that were inducted around 23 years back.



[Source :Times of India]

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