Defence Minister Rajnath Singh leaves for Ambala with French counterpart Florence Parly

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, often known 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 masking 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 standard ‘sarva dharma puja’, air show by Rafale and Tejas plane in addition to Sarang aerobatic staff.

Afterwards, a standard water cannon salute will probably 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 sport changer within the present state of affairs when India is concerned in border rigidity with China in japanese Ladakh. The plane will improve India’s air energy manifold.

Rafale is a 4.5 era plane and has newest weapons, superior sensors and totally built-in structure.

The French delegation will probably 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 might perform not less than 4 missions in a single sortie.

Further, the plane is armed with HAMMER missile, beyond-visual-range missiles like Meteor, SCALP and MICA, thereby growing its potential to tackle incoming targets from a distance.

With inputs from businesses

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