Five Rafale fighter jets have arrived at Ambala air force station. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has shared a video of the jets landing at the airbase.
The Touchdown of Rafale at Ambala (Courtesy : Twitter/Rajnath Singh)
Rafale jets have arrived in India. The first batch of the ‘game-changing’ fighter jets landed at Ambala air force station on Wednesday afternoon.
Announcing the arrival of the Rafales, the Defence Minister said, “The birds have landed safely in Ambala. The touchdown of Rafale combat aircraft in India marks the beginning of a new era in our military history.”
The defence minister also shared a video of a Rafale plane landing at the Ambala airbase. LIVE UPDATES HERE
The Touchdown of Rafale at Ambala. pic.twitter.com/e3OFQa1bZY
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 29, 2020
The Rafale fleet had received a warm welcome by an Indian Naval warship upon their entry in the Indian airspace.
“May you touch the sky with glory. Happy landings,” INS Kolkata was heard in a radio message to Rafale jets. To this, the Rafale pilot wished ‘Fair winds’ to the Indian Naval warship.
The Rafale jets they will be officially inducted into the Indian Air Force as part of its No 17 Squadron, also known as the “Golden Arrows”. A formal induction ceremony, however, will be held around mid-August which is expected to be attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and top military brass of the country.