Rafale in India: First batch of 5 Rafale fighter jets land at Ambala airbase

The Rafale jets were purchased when they fully met the operational requirements of the IAF., Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.

The much-awaited first batch of 5 Rafale fighter jets has landed at the Ambala Air Force station in Haryana on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the high security has been beefed up around the air force station with Section 144 imposed around the area.

Soon after taking off from the UAE, the Indian Rafale contingent established contact with Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata, deployed in the Western Arabian Sea. NS Kolkata Delta63 said, “Arrow leader (flying #Rafale), welcome to the Indian Ocean.” To this, the Rafale leader said “Many thanks. Most reassuring to have an Indian warship guarding seas.” “May you touch the sky with glory. Happy landings,” INS Kolkata said. “Wish you fair winds. Happy hunting. Over and out,” Rafale leader replied.

The Ambala district administration on Tuesday imposed Section 144 around the Air Force Station in Ambala. Also, the authorities have imposed prohibitory orders banning the shooting videos and photography near the Ambala Air Force Station. Section 144 has been imposed in the villages adjoining the airbase that include Dhulkot, Baldev Nagar, Garnala, and Panjkhora.

Soon after the landing, Rajnath Singh said “The Birds have landed safely in Ambala. The touch down of Rafale combat aircrafts in India marks the beginning of a new era in our Military History.” “I congratulate the IAF on a professionally executed ferry. I am sure that 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows, will continue to live upto their motto of “Udayam Ajasram”. I am extremely happy that IAF’s combat capability has got a timely boost,” he added.

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The first batch of Rafale jets took off from the Merignac airbase in the French port city of Bordeaux on Monday. It will cover a distance of 7,000 km with air-to-air refuelling and a single stop in the United Arab Emirates.

-PTC News