IAF to induct another 3-4 Rafale fighter jets by November first week

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Even as India continues to be engaged in a territorial dispute with China, the Indian Air Force is about to induct another 3-4 Rafale fighter jets to boost its capabilities for aerial warfare. The second batch of Rafale fighter jets is set to arrive in Ambala by November first week and would add to the first five jets that came in July.

The Rafale fighter jets have already been made operational and have also been deployed in the conflict zone of Ladakh in the short duration of time they have been with the Air Force.

An Indian Air Force team headed by Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Projects) Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari was in France for reviewing the project as part of the annual routine meeting.

The Indian pilots are training in France and by March 2021, the Indian side is likely to complete the training phase. The Indian Air Force will deploy one squadron each of the Rafale combat aircraft at its airbases in Ambala in Haryana and Hashimara in West Bengal.

In September 2016, India signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets for over 7.8 billion euros to arrest the fall of combat squadrons and meet urgent requirements on the eastern and western fronts.

The first five Rafale fighter aircraft were inducted in Ambala last month in the presence of the French Defence Minister Florence Parry and Indian Chief Of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat along with the Indian Air Chief RKS Bhadauria.

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