Mumbai: After covering a distance of about 7,000 km to join the Indian Air Force, five French Rafale fighter jets touched down in Ambala, Haryana.
The jets were given a customary water salute when they reached the airbase, about 220 km from the India-Pakistan border.
A formal induction ceremony of the aircraft will be held later. The aircraft will soon depart for operational layoffs on another operational basis.
After flying in from France on Monday, the aircraft made its first stop at a French base in the United Arab Emirates en route to India and was refueled by a French Air Force tanker aircraft before landing at sea anywhere around Greece or Israel. Gone.
These five were flown under the leadership of Captain Harkirat Singh, Commanding Officer Group of 17 pilots led by other pilots Wing Wing Commanders MK Singh, R Kataria, Sidhu and Arun.
#WATCH Haryana: Touchdown of Rafale fighter aircraft at Ambala airbase. Five jets have arrived from France to be inducted in Indian Air Force. (Source – Office of Defence Minister) pic.twitter.com/vq3YOBjQXu
— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2020
Five Rafale fighter jets flew to India from an airbase in France on Monday. The weather in Ambala is likely to be cloudy with one to two rains and thunder.
India signed a Rs 59,000-crore deal on September 23, 2016 for 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace major Dassault Aviation.
Section 144 is being imposed in four villages of Ambala Air Base in view of Rafale fighter jets landing in the city on Wednesday. Ambala DSP Traffic Munish Sehgal said that the administration is on high alert and people gathering on rooftops and photography during the landing is completely banned.