The to start with 5 of a batch of French Rafale fighter jets on way to Haryana’s Ambala to be part of the Indian Air Power fleet were welcomed by a naval warship to Indian Ocean this morning. The Rafale contingent founded get hold of with Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata, deployed in the Western Arabian Sea, soon after using off from the United Arab Emirates.
“Welcome to the Indian Ocean… May possibly you touch the sky with glory,” the Naval warship is heard telling the Rafale commander.
— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2020
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also tweeted an outstanding video clip of the incoming jets.
— / RMO India (@DefenceMinIndia) July 29, 2020
The jets – which took off from Merignac in southwest France On Monday and refueled midair – produced a stopover at Al-Dhafra air foundation in the United Arab Emirates. They are anticipated to contact down at Ambala all around 3 pm, after masking a distance of nearly 7,000 km.
Security has been tightened close to the airbase, positioned all around 200 km from the border with Pakistan. Prohibitory orders banning large gatherings have been in location in the town and people today have been recommended in opposition to likely to rooftops to view the jets.
Any filming and photography is also banned.
India experienced inked the Rs 59,000-crore offer to procure 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace important Dassault Aviation in September 2016. The Rafale jets are the country’s major acquisition of fighter planes in additional than two many years.
The initial jet was handed above to the IAF in Oct final year when Rajnath Singh experienced visited France.
The new fleet will be inducted into the IAF this afternoon, however a official induction has been scheduled all-around mid-August. Theb jets will be stationed at strategically loctaed Ambala airbase as component of its No 17 Squadron, also regarded as the “Golden Arrows”.