New Delhi: Amid the ongoing tensions with China, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is all set to welcome the first batch five Rafale fighter aircraft in India by the end of July. The fighter jets which are being imported from France will be inducted at Air Force Station Ambala on 29 July subject to weather.

This is a big achievement for India and will increase our strength in the skies. According to the sources, France, at the very beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, informed India of this delivery date. France’s reaffirmation came when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had a telephonic conversation with French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly.

News agency ANI on Monday quoted Indian Air Force as saying, “First batch of five Indian Air Force Rafale is likely to arrive in India by end July 2020. The aircraft will be inducted at Air Force Station Ambala on 29 July subject to weather. Final induction ceremony will take place in second half of August 20.

The officials further said that the IAF aircrew and ground crew have undergone comprehensive training on the aircraft, including its highly advanced weapons systems and are fully operational now. Post arrival, efforts will focus on operationalisation of the aircraft at the earliest. 

Before the arrival of the first batch of fighter jets, top Air Force commanders are scheduled to meet later in this week to discuss the rapid deployment and operationalisation of the Rafale fighter with the Russian-origin fleet and make them compatible in operations.

The most advanced jets of the South Asian region are going to give an edge to the Air Force over their adversaries as they are fitted with most advanced weapon systems. The two squadrons of Rafale will also help India to stem the downfall in the number of fighting units in the force as well as strengthen its capabilities to carry out long-range attacks.

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