New Delhi, 15 octobre: An Indian Air Force team led by a two-star officer is in France to take stock of the progress of the Rafale project. The second batch of fighters is expected to reach their home port in Ambala in the coming weeks.
The IAF expects three Rafale jets to be delivered every two months. All planes are expected to join the IAF fleet by the end of the year. The team in France is headed by the Deputy Chief of Staff (Projects). The team reached France earlier this week for a review of the project.
On September 10, five French-made Rafale multirole fighter jets were inducted into the Indian Air Force in a sparkling ceremony at Ambala Air Base.
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Taking the opportunity to send a strong message to China over the border, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the induction of the jets was crucial given the atmosphere created along the border and that it was a “big and stern” message to those eyeing Indian sovereignty.
Besides Singh, the nearly two-hour ceremony was attended by French Defense Minister Florence Parly, Chief of the Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and several senior executives of large French defense companies involved in the Rafale agreement.
A traditional “sarva dharma puja”, a “water cannon salute” to Rafale jets and an aerial exercise featuring various jaw-dropping maneuvers of the aircraft marked their induction into the IAF “Golden Arrows” squadron. at Ambala Air Force station.
“The induction of Rafale planes is an important and severe message for the whole world, especially for those who regard our sovereignty. This type of induction is very important for the kind of atmosphere that has been created on our borders, ”Singh said.
“We understand very well that with the changing times we also have to prepare. I am proud to say that our national security has been a top priority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ”Singh said.