The wait is over finally. The much-anticipated Rafale jets have landed in Ambala successfully.
After covering a distance of 7,000 km with air to air refuelling and a single stop in the UAE.
The 5 Rafale jets were escorted by 2 Sukhoi 30 MKIs.
In the last two decades, this is India’s first major acquisition of fighter planes.
On the 23rd of September, 2016, a deal of Rs 59,000 crore was signed for 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace major Dassault Aviation. The aircraft will be officially inducted into the IAF in the second half of the August.
The Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh made a tweet which said that” The Birds have landed safely in Ambala. The touchdown of Rafal combat aircraft in India marks the beginning of a new era in our military history. These multirole aircraft will revolutionalise the capabilities of the IAF.”
The 5 Rafale jets were welcomed wholeheartedly on the Indian land in Ambala. As they make their final landing after a long journey. They were welcomed with ‘water cannon salutes’ at the Indian Air Force airbase in Ambala.