The planes were refueled by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force, the IAF said.
“Three Rafale planes arrived in India not long ago, after a direct ferry from Istres air base in France. The IAF deeply appreciates the UAE Air Force’s support for in-flight refueling during the non-stop ferry, ”the IAF said in a statement. Tweeter.
Not long ago, three Rafale planes arrived in India, after a direct ferry from #IstresAirBase, France.
The IAF deeply appreciates the UAE Air Force’s support for in-flight refueling during the non-stop ferry.
– Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) July 21, 2021
The new batch of aircraft will be part of the IAF’s second Rafale jet squadron.
the the second squadron will begin operations by the end of July at Hashimara air base in West Bengal, with Rafale jets that have already arrived in Ambala flying there from next week, government sources told India Today TV.
The first Rafale squadron is based in Ambala air base. He had already started patrolling the borders with China in eastern Ladakh and other areas.
The squadron in Hashimara would give a major boost to air readiness against the Chinese Air Force, as it would bring a number of Chinese airfields closer to the Indian plane.
In 2016, India signed an intergovernmental agreement with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale jets at a cost of 59,000 crore rupees.
India will now place orders for 114 multirole fighter jets as well as the locally developed Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft stealth fighters whose seven squadrons would join the Air Force over the next 15 to 20 years.
Rafale jets are capable of performing various missions such as attack on land and at sea, air defense and air superiority, reconnaissance and nuclear deterrence.
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