Jamnagar, November 4: The second batch of three Rafale jets will reach India by today (Wednesday) evening. These three Rafale fighter jets will land directly at Jamnagar Airbase in Gujarat. The fighter jets will take off from France in the morning. The three Rafale jets will arrive in India flying non-stop from France, and they will be accompanied by French Air Force mid-air refuelling aircraft. Rafale Fighter Jets Land in India: 1st Batch of Five 'Omnirole' Aircraft Arrives at Ambala Airbase in Haryana.
The live coverage of the historical event of the arrival of the second batch of these fighter jets could be watched on DD News or its youtube channel. With the arrival of three more Rafale jets, the fighting capability of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will get a boost as the IAF will have a total of eight French jets in service. India received the first batch of five Rafale aircraft on July 29 which were inducted on September 10 at Ambala Air Base in the 17 'Golden Arrows' Squadron.
India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 of these aircraft at the cost of Rs 59,000 crore. After the induction of the aircraft, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the Rafale deal is a game-changer. "I am confident our air force has acquired a technological edge with Rafale," the minister had pointed out.
Rafale jets are arriving in India amid a standoff with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh sector. In September, Rafales also conducted familiarisation sorties in over Ladakh. The jeta are manufactured by Dassault Aviation, a French defence major.
The Rafale is a 4.5 generation aircraft and has the latest weapons, superior sensors and fully integrated architecture. It is an omnirole aircraft which means it can carry out at least four missions in one sortie. These Rafale jets are equipped with HAMMER missiles. These will also be armed with beyond visual range missiles like Meteor, SCALP and MICA.
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