In a major boost to the Indian Air Force, three Rafale jets have arrived at Jamnagar air base in Gujarat from France today, said officials.
Second batch of IAF #Rafale aircraft arrived in India at 8:14 pm on 04 Nov 20 after flying non-stop from France.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) November 4, 2020
According to Hindustan Times, the IAF is expecting to receive three to four Rafale jets every two months, till all 36 are finally here.
A team, led by a two-star officer, was in France in October to review the progress of the Rafale project.
The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) Western Air Command Air Marshal B Suresh welcomed the first five IAF Rafales which arrived at Air Force Station Ambala on Wednesday, 29 July.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had then taken to Twitter to congratulate the IAF and Dassault Aviation, and said that the IAF’s capability has gotten a “timely boost”.
Rafale is a 4.5 generation aircraft and has the latest weapons, superior sensors and fully integrated architecture.
(With inputs from The Quint and PTI)