India has an intergovernmental deal with France to procure 36 Rafale jets in 2016. The deal of Rafale fighter jet cost 59,000 crores. Finally, the wait is over as the first batch of Rafale fighter jet arrived in India on September 10. It has formally introduced in Indian Air Force (IAF). Rafale is now a part of the 17 Squadron. It introduced at Ambala Air Force Station.
The ceremony took place after more than a month. The five Rafale jets flew in India from France on July 29. The Rafale is now part of 17 Squadron, also known as Golden Arrows. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended the key event. French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly also made his presence.
Personalities Who Attended The Rafale Fighter Jet Ceremony
The Air Force has stated that Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria also present to signify a very crucial milestone in the history of the IAF.
Apart from the French Minister of the Armed Forces Parly, the French delegation of France’s ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain, Air General Eric Autellet, Vice Chief of Air Staff of the French Air Force, and chief executive of Dassault Aviation Eric Trappier attended the occasion. French company Dassault Aviation designs Rafale jets.
The first batch arrived and glorified the land. The next batch may arrive in India in the month of October. If the things work out as per plan, then the last batch may arrive at the end of 2021.
The five fighter jets are experimented to operationalise as soon as possible. The pilot and ground crew underwent training on the aircraft to attain expertise. Training will provide them with a better understanding of the Rafale fighter jet.
Rafale fighter jet signified as a major boost to India’s air power capability at a time the country is engaged in a tense border row with China in eastern Ladakh.