The primary batch of 5 Rafale jets has flown out of France in the present day and can arrive in India on Wednesday, July 29, when the fighter jets will formally be inducted and be part of the Indian Air Drive fleet in Haryana’s Ambala.
The 5 plane would be the first tranche of the 36 planes purchased by India from France in a Rs 59,000-crore inter-governmental deal in 2016.
Twelve IAF pilots and engineering crew members are totally educated educated on the Rafale fighter jets.
The plane can be refuelled mid-air and on land at French airbase within the United Arab Emirates on their strategy to Ambala.
Bon Voyage: Indian Ambassador to #France interacts with the Indian pilots of the Rafale. Congratulates and needs them a protected flight to India with a single hop. #ResurgentIndia#NewIndia#Rafale@IAF_MCC@MeaIndia@rajnathsingh@Dassault_OnAir@DefenceMinIndia@PMOIndiapic.twitter.com/jk3IWD9tYU
India in France (@Indian_Embassy) July 27, 2020
The Indian ambassador to France interacted with the Indian pilots earlier than they took off from France.
“Bon Voyage: Indian Ambassador to #France interacts with the Indian pilots of the Rafale. Congratulates and needs them a protected flight to India with a single hop,” the Indian embassy in France tweeted.
The Rafale fighter jets are able to carrying a variety of extremely efficient weapons, together with the Meteor air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile.
The Rafale jets will include varied India-specific modifications, together with Israeli helmet-mounted shows, radar warning receivers, low-band jammers, 10-hour flight knowledge recording, infra-red search and monitoring methods amongst others.
The Air Drive has readied the required infrastructure to welcome the jets in its line-up.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, final month, held a telephonic dialog along with his French counterpart Florence Parly, who assured the supply of the primary batch of airplane would happen as scheduled regardless of the coronavirus pandemic.