In a huge boost to the Indian Air Force and one that will add to their fire power , the five scheduled Rafale jets flanked by two Su-30MKIs entered the Indian airspace before landing at Ambala, Haryana. The squadron of Rafale jets will be stationed at the Ambala air base.
The jets took off from the Merignac airbase in French port city of Bordeaux on July 27 and arrives after covering a distance of 7,000 km with air-to-air refuelling and a single stop in the United Arab Emirates. The fleet of five jets comprises three single-seater and two twin-seater aircraft.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh Tweeted his reaction after the five jets landed safely
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
According to news agency reports, Water salutes to be given to the five Rafale fighter aircraft after they land at the Ambala airbase in Haryana . Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria to be present at the airbase.
After almost two decades, India will induct a new multi-role foreign fighter aircraft.
— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2020
The last foreign fighters inducted into the Air Force were the Sukhoi-30s from Russia which have now become the mainstay of the Air Force after multiple orders in view of delays in placing orders for new western aircraft.