Rafale Induction Ceremony Update: 5 Rafale Jets Join Indian Air Force’s “Golden Arrow” Squadron: 10 points


Rafael Jet is known for its air superiority and precise attack on ground targets.

new Delhi:
Five French-built multirole raffles were today inducted into the Indian Air Force’s “Golden Arrow” squadron at Ambala Air Force Station, the country’s oldest air force base built in 1919. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Paly watched it from afar atop an Rafale fighter jet airbase. Along with Rafael, other fighter jets, including Russian-origin Sukhoi-30 MKI, participated in the Chakka Jam. The first batch of five Rafale is being included at a time when India is engaged in building a long border line with China in eastern Ladakh. “New bird in the Air Force’s arsenal,” the Air Force tweeted this morning.

Here are 10 things to know about the first batch of five Rafale jets:

  1. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said at the private unveiling ceremony of Rafael, “Today, this induction sends a strong message to the world and the people who have monitored us. This induction is very important.” The traditional Sarva Dharma Puja, Rafael and Tejas aircraft as well as aerial performances by the Sarang aerobatic team.

  2. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart Florence Paley, Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar attended the function.

  3. A traditional water cannon salute was given to the Rafael fleet before the formal ceremony at 17 Squadron. Rafael jets, manufactured by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation, are known for their air superiority and precision strikes on ground targets, making them truly multirole jets.

  4. The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, almost four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to buy 36 jets for Rs 59,000 crore.

  5. The French delegation at the ceremony included French envoy Emmanuel Lennain, Air General Eric Autellet, Vice President of the French Air Force, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Aviation Eric Trappier and CEO of missile manufacturer MBDA Eric Annanger.

  6. After the ceremony, the French Defense Minister and Rajnath Singh will hold talks in Ambala on ways to further deepen bilateral defense and security cooperation. 10 Rafale jets have been delivered in India and five of them are back in France to train Indian Air Force pilots. Delivery of all 36 aircraft is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.

  7. The second batch of four-five Rafale jets are likely to arrive in India by November.

  8. Rafals are capable of carrying many powerful weapons. The European missile maker MBDA’s visual range (BVR) beyond the meteorite body will be the mainstay of the air-to-air missile and scalp cruise missile Rafale Jet’s weapon package. The MBDA developed the meteor to counter the common threats facing the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden.

  9. Of the 36 Rafale jets, 30 will be combatants and six will be trainers. The trainer jets will be twin-seater and have almost all the features of fighter jets. The first squadron of the Rafale jet will be stationed at Ambala Airport, while the second will be located in Hasimara, West Bengal.

  10. 17 Squadrons of the Indian Air Force were revived in September last year. It was raised in October 1951 at Air Force Station, Ambala. 17 Squadron owes it first; In 1955 it was equipped with the first de fighter, the great de Havilland vampire.

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