The Five Rafale fighter aircraft, which arrived in India from France on July 29, is inducted into the Indian Air Force today at the Ambala airbase in Haryana. The five Rafale jets are a part of the batch of 36 aircraft that India bought off-the-shelf from France in an inter-government deal in September 2016.

Air display of Rafale fighter aircraft flanked by SU-30 and Jaguar aircraft in arrow formation at Rafale Jets Induction Ceremony.

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Indian Air Force (IAF) formally induct five Rafale fighter aircraft into its 17 Squadron, the ‘Golden Arrows’, at the Ambala airbase in Haryana on Thursday. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly is the chief guests for the event. The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived at the Ambala airbase on July 29


Haryana: Water cannon salute given to the five Rafale fighter aircraft at Ambala airbase. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, defence minister Rajnath Singh and Florence Parly, Minister of the French Armed Forces attended the ceremony.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh first arrived in Ambala along with his French counterpart Florence Parly for the formal induction of the first batch of five fighter jets at the air base. The two dignitaries attended the Sarv Dharma Pooja. Before arriving in Punjab, the France’s minister of armed forces received a ceremonial Guard of Honour at Delhi.


General VK Singh (retd.), Minister of State, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and former Chief of Army Staff welcomed the Rafale jets. “Welcome the new Big Bad Boys of the sky. #Rafale #GenerallySaying,” he wrote on Twitter.


Before Rafale Jets, 17 Squadron has received which was in 1955 it was equipped with the first jet fighter, the legendary De Havilland Vampire. The Golden Arrows has also operated a range of aircrafts such as Harvard- II B from 1951 to 1955. Between 1955 to 1957, it flew the De Havilland Vampire. It operated the Hawker Hunter from 1957-1975 and MIG-21 from 1975-2016.


Rafale fighter jets touched down to a special water cannon salute at the Ambala airbase this afternoon. As per Reports, Rafale fighter aircraft took off from France’s Istres airbase on Monday (July 27) for India. The Rafale jets were flown by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots and these jets were stopped at Al Dhafra airbase in UAE for refueling. The five Rafale fighter aircraft landed at the Ambala Air Force Station in India on Wednesday (July 29) after covering a distance of almost 7,364 kilometers.


According to Reports,This is the first batch from a contingent of 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace major Dassault Aviation as part of a Rs 59,000-crore deal signed by the government on September 23, 2016. The planes are expected to give a mega-boost to India’s air power amid tensions with China and Pakistan.



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