The fourth batch of three Rafale fighter jets arrived in India from France on Wednesday. The jets have been supplied mid-air refuelling by plane from the United Arab Emirates.
“The 4th batch of three IAF Rafales landed on Indian soil after a direct ferry from Istres Air Base France. Rafales have been refuelled in-flight by UAE Air Drive tankers. This marks one more milestone within the sturdy relationship between the 2 Air Forces,” the Indian Air Drive mentioned in an announcement.
The primary batch of 5 Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, almost 4 years after India signed an inter-governmental settlement with France to obtain 36 of the plane at a price of Rs 59,000 crore.
The formal induction ceremony of the fleet had taken place at Ambala on September 10 final.
A second batch of three Rafale jets arrived in India on November three whereas a 3rd batch of one other three jets joined the IAF on January 27. The primary Rafale squadron relies in Ambala air power station.
The Indian Air Drive is about to boost the second squadron of the Rafale fight jets in mid-April and it will likely be primarily based in Hasimara air base in West Bengal, in keeping with army officers.
India is anticipated to get extra Rafale jets from France within the subsequent few months.
The Rafale jets, manufactured by French aerospace main Dassault Aviation, are India’s first main acquisition of fighter planes in 23 12 months after the Sukhoi jets have been imported from Russia.
The Rafale jets are able to carrying a spread of potent weapons. European missile maker MBDA’s Meteor past visible vary air-to-air missile, Scalp cruise missile and MICA weapons system would be the mainstay of the weapons package deal of the Rafale jets.