The first 5 Dassault Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF) which took-off from Merignac airbase in Bordeaux on July 27, have completed their 7,000 km journey to India with a single halt in the UAE and landed at Ambala Air Force Base, located in India’s northern state of Haryana today.
The first batch of aircraft comprised of three single seat Rafale F3-Rs and two twin-seat Rafale F3-Rs and were supported en-route with mid-air refuelling by French Air Force Airbus A330 MRTTs.
The first Rafale operator in the IAF will be No. 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows
According to a release issued by the Embassy of India in France; delivery of 10 aircraft have been completed by Dassault Aviation on schedule.
While 5 of these aircraft have departed for India, the remaining 5 aircraft will remain in France for training.
Further batches of IAF personnel to continue training in France over the next 9 months.
The delivery of all 36 aircraft ordered in 2016 will be completed by end 2021 on schedule.
The Rafale aircraft will be equipped with advanced Beyond Visual Range Air to Air METEOR Missiles, short and medium range MICA Air to Air Missiles, precision guided Air to Ground SCALP Missiles and AASM Hammer precision Air to Ground munitions.
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