Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 9
A grand ceremony awaits the formal induction of the Rafale fighter plane into the Indian Air Force on Thursday, at Air Force Station, Ambala, with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces of France, being the chief visitor on the event.
The plane will likely be a part of No.17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows. The first batch of 5 Rafale plane arrived in India from France on July 27 after masking an aerial distance of about 8500 km.
A complete of 36 Rafale are to be inducted into the IAF with two squadrons, the opposite being No101 squadron at Hasimara within the northeast.
Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Defence Secretary, Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary Department of Defence Research and Development and Chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy together with different senior officers of the Ministry of Defence and the armed forces would additionally attend the occasion, being described by the IAF an important milestone in its historical past.
The French delegation will likely be represented by Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, Air General Eric Autellet, Vice Chief of Air Staff of the French Air Force and different senior officers, an IAF spokesperson stated right this moment.
A big delegation of senior functionaries from the French defence industries, which incorporates Eric Trappier, Chairman and Chief Executive of Dassault Aviation, and Eric Beranger, CEO, MBDA, will likely be current throughout the ceremony.
Florence Parly will likely be introduced a ceremonial guard of honour on her arrival at New Delhi. At Ambala, this system will embrace ceremonial unveiling of the Rafale plane, a standard ‘sarva dharma puja’, air show by Rafale and Tejas plane as properly a efficiency by the Sarang helicopter aerobatic workforce.
A conventional water cannon salute will likely be given to the Rafale plane. The programme will culminate with the ceremonial induction of Rafale plane into 17 Squadron. After the ceremonial occasions, the Indian and French delegations will maintain a bilateral assembly.