29th JULY 2020:
The wait is over, at last, the first batch of 5 Rafale fighter jets landed in Ambala Airport India. They are received by the Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. The five fighter aircraft, which were flown by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots, arrived in India after covering a distance of 7,000 km with air-to-air refueling and a single stop in the UAE (United Arab Emirates). Due to security reasons taking photographs or videos of the landing were prohibited. Further, Section 144 has also been imposed in four villages close to the Ambala airbase. The Rafale jets, known for air-superiority and precision strikes, are India’s first major acquisition of fighter planes in 23 years after the Sukhoi jets were imported from Russia, they are expected to significantly boost the Indian Air Force’s combat capabilities. This fleet contains 3 numbers of single-seated jets and 2 numbers of twin-seated jets.
“The touch down of Rafale combat aircraft in India marks the beginning of a new era in our Military History. These multirole aircraft will revolutionalize the capabilities of the IAF,” Rajnath Singh said in his tweets. These jets were piloted by IAF officers who took off from Merignac in southwest France on Monday. Rajnath Singh posted a series of tweets in his twitter regarding the arrival of Rafale fighter jets to India.