The very first batch of 5 Rafale jets has flown out of France currently and will get there in India on Wednesday, July 29, when the fighter jets will officially be inducted and join the Indian Air Pressure fleet in Haryana’s Ambala.
The 5 aircraft will be the to start with tranche of the 36 planes purchased by India from France in a Rs 59,000-crore inter-governmental offer in 2016.
Twelve IAF pilots and engineering crew members are totally experienced qualified on the Rafale fighter jets.
The aircraft will be refuelled mid-air and on land at French airbase in the United Arab Emirates on their way to Ambala.
Bon Voyage: Indian Ambassador to #France interacts with the Indian pilots of the Rafale. Congratulates and needs them a safe and sound flight to India with a solitary hop. #ResurgentIndia#NewIndia#Rafale@IAF_MCC@MeaIndia@rajnathsingh@Dassault_OnAir@DefenceMinIndia@PMOIndiapic.twitter.com/jk3IWD9tYU
India in France (@Indian_Embassy) July 27, 2020
The Indian ambassador to France interacted with the Indian pilots ahead of they took off from France.
“Bon Voyage: Indian Ambassador to #France interacts with the Indian pilots of the Rafale. Congratulates and wishes them a secure flight to India with a solitary hop,” the Indian embassy in France tweeted.
The Rafale fighter jets are capable of carrying a range of really successful weapons, which includes the Meteor air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile.
The Rafale jets will occur with a variety of India-certain modifications, which include Israeli helmet-mounted shows, radar warning receivers, reduced-band jammers, 10-hour flight knowledge recording, infra-crimson search and tracking programs between many others.
The Air Power has readied the expected infrastructure to welcome the jets in its line-up.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, last month, held a telephonic discussion with his French counterpart Florence Parly, who assured the delivery of the first batch of aircraft would choose location as scheduled even with the coronavirus pandemic.
Handed around to India by French aviation agency Dassault, the jets ended up stored in France as section of a schooling programme for Indian Air Pressure pilots and technicians.
Last Oct, Rajnath Singh had long gone on a three-working day tour to France to just take aspect in the handover party at a facility of Dassault Aviation in the Merignac location of Bordeaux, all around 590 km from Paris. r Singh experienced taken a 20-minute sortie in the plane right after executed a pooja.
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