Tribune News Service
Ambala, July 27
Ambala is on the brink of obtain first 5 Indian Air Force (IAF) Rafale fighter jets, which took off from Dassault Aviation Facility, Merignac, France, on Monday morning.
No. 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”, has been raised at IAF base in Ambala Cantonment to equip Rafale plane on Wednesday, a senior functionary of Ministry of Defence stated right here.
She stated the primary 5 IAF Rafales, arriving right here, embody three single-seater and two twin-seater plane.
The functionary disclosed that ferry of the plane was deliberate in two phases and shall be undertaken by the pilots of the IAF, who’ve undergone complete coaching on the plane.
The Air-to-Air Refuelling deliberate in the course of the first leg of the ferry shall be undertaken by these pilots with devoted tanker help from the French Air Force.
“The aircrafts are likely to arrive at Air Force Station in Ambala on Wednesday subject to weather. No. 17 Squadron, the ‘Golden Arrows’, is being raised at this base equipped with Rafale aircraft,” she added.