New Delhi, September 10
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Florence Parly, the Minister of the Armed Forces of France, on Thursday met at Palam Air Force Station earlier than leaving for Ambala to formally induct the newly acquired Rafale fighter jets.
The plane are a part of the IAF’s 17 Squadron, referred to as ‘Golden Arrows’. It was resurrected in September final 12 months.
The first 5 Rafale plane had arrived in Ambala from France on July 27, 2020. The jets flew from the Merignac airbase within the port metropolis of Bordeaux and landed for a visit Al Dhafra airbase within the United Arab Emirates after protecting a distance of practically 7,000 km. A day later, they flew once more and landed on the Ambala airbase.
The induction programme will embrace ceremonial unveiling of the Rafale plane, a conventional ‘sarva dharma puja’, air show by Rafale and Tejas plane in addition to Sarang aerobatic crew.
Afterwards, a conventional water cannon salute will likely be given to the Rafale plane.
The programme will culminate with the ceremonial induction of Rafale plane to the 17 Squadron.
Rafale could be a recreation changer within the present state of affairs when India is concerned in border pressure with China in japanese Ladakh. The plane will enhance India’s air energy manifold.
Rafale is a 4.5 technology plane and has newest weapons, superior sensors and absolutely built-in structure.
The French delegation will likely be represented by Emmanuel Lenain, the Ambassador of France to India, Air General Eric Autellet, Vice Chief of Air Staff of the French Air Force, and different senior officers.
Rafale is an omni-role plane which imply it could perform at the least 4 missions in a single sortie.
Further, the plane is armed with HAMMER missile, beyond-visual-range missiles like Meteor, SCALP and MICA, thereby rising its potential to tackle incoming targets from a distance.
With inputs from companies