The fourth batch of the Rafale jets arrived in India on Wednesday night after flying continuous from France. The three jets had been refueled mid-air over UAE.
Earlier, the Indian Embassy in France had tweeted a video that confirmed the jets taking off for his or her lengthy journey to India.
“Another batch of Rafale took to the skies on non-stop flight to India with mid-air refuelling by UAE. Indian air power grows further,” the Indian Embassy had tweeted.
Glimpses of one other batch of #Rafale which took off to the skies!@MEAIndia@JawedAshraf5@IAF_MCC@harshvshringla@DrSJaishankar@PMOIndia@rajnathsingh@SpokespersonMoD@IndianDiplomacy@florence_parly@Dassault_OnAir@Armee_de_lairpic.twitter.com/bJCzzkCxW7
— India in France (@Indian_Embassy) March 31, 2021
India is to obtain 36 Rafale jets from France’s Dassault Aviation, per the inter-governmental deal. India had acquired the primary batch of 5 planes in July final yr, 4 years after the settlement. A second batch of three Rafale jets arrived in India on November 3 final yr, whereas a 3rd batch of three extra jets joined arrived in India on January 27 this yr.
A proper induction of the fleet befell final September at Ambala.
The jets are able to carrying potent weapons like MBDA’s Meteor past visible vary air-to-air missile, Scalp cruise missile and MICA weapons system will drastically improve India’s aerial firepower.
The Indian Air Force can also be procuring a brand new era medium-range modular air-to-ground weapon system Hammer to combine with the Rafale jets.
The first squadron of the Rafale plane is stationed on the Ambala air base. The second squadron is predicted to be stationed at West Bengal’s Hasimara.
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