Rafale jets to be formally inducted into IAF on Thursday

New Delhi, September 8 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart Florence Parly and India’s prime navy brass will attend a ceremony in Ambala airbase on Thursday to formally induct 5 Rafale fighter jets into the Indian Air Force, officers stated.

Parly and Singh will maintain talks in Ambala on methods to additional deepen bilateral defence and safety cooperation after the ceremony, they stated.

The French defence minister is scheduled to reach Thursday morning and can depart late afternoon, the officers stated.

The first batch of 5 Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, almost 4 years after India signed an inter-governmental settlement with France to obtain 36 of the plane at a value of Rs 59,000 crore.

The jets, produced by French aerospace main Dassault Aviation, are but to be formally inducted into the IAF.

Ten Rafale jets have been delivered to India thus far and 5 of them stayed again in France for imparting coaching to IAF pilots. The supply of all 36 plane is scheduled to be accomplished by the tip of 2021.     

A second batch of 4 to 5 Rafale jets are prone to arrive in India by November.

Sources stated a preliminary dialogue on a attainable procurement of one other batch of 36 Rafale jets by India from France could determine within the talks between Singh and Parly.

The Rafale jets, recognized for air-superiority and precision strikes, are India’s first main acquisition of fighter planes in 23 yr after the Sukhoi jets had been imported from Russia.

The Rafale jet is able to carrying a variety of potent weapons.

European missile maker MBDA’s Meteor past visible vary air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile would be the mainstay of the weapons package deal of the Rafale jets.

Meteor is a subsequent technology past visible vary air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) designed to revolutionise air-to-air fight. The weapon has been developed by MBDA to fight frequent threats going through the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden.

Out of 36 Rafale jets, 30 can be fighter jets and 6 can be trainers. The coach jets can be twin-seater and they’ll have nearly all of the options of the fighter jets.

While the primary squadron of the Rafale jets can be stationed at Ambala air base, the second can be based mostly at Hasimara base in West Bengal.

The new fleet can be a part of the 17 Squadron of the IAF which was resurrected on September 10 final yr.

The squadron was initially raised at Air Force Station, Ambala on Oct 1 1951. The 17 Squadron has many firsts to its credit score; in 1955 it was outfitted with the primary jet fighter, the legendary De Havilland Vampire. — PTI

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