Chandigarh, September 9
A grand ceremony awaits the formal induction of Rafale fighter plane into the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the Air Force Station in Ambala on Thursday, with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces of France, being the chief visitor on the event.
The plane can 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 protecting an aerial distance of about 8,500 km. A complete of 36 Rafale are to be inducted into the IAF with two squadrons, the opposite being No. 101 squadron at Hasimara within the North-East.
Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Defence Secretary, 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 armed forces will attend the occasion, being described by the IAF as an important milestone in historical past.
The French delegation can 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.
A big delegation of senior functionaries from French defence industries, which embody Eric Trappier, Chairman and Chief Executive of Dassault Aviation, and Eric Beranger, CEO, MBDA, can be current in the course of the ceremony.
Florence Parly can be introduced a ceremonial guard of honour on her arrival at New Delhi. At Ambala, the programme will embody ceremonial unveiling of the Rafale plane, a standard ‘sarv dharma puja’, air show by Rafale and Tejas plane as properly a efficiency by the Sarang helicopter aerobatic crew.
A conventional water cannon salute can be given to the Rafale plane.