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Rafale formally inducted into the Air Force: All you need to know about the fighter jets

Updated : 2020-09-10 16:51:02

Five Rafale fighter jets were inducted to the Indian Air Force’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ on Thursday. The ceremony took place at the Ambala Air Base in Haryana in presence of top officials including defence minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart Florence Parly and top military brass. The jets are India's first major acquisition of fighter planes in 23 years after the Sukhoi jets were imported from Russia. Here is all you need to know about the fighter jets: 

Ten Rafale jets have been delivered to India so far and five of them stayed back in France for imparting training to IAF pilots. The delivery of all 36 aircraft is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.
Ten Rafale jets have been delivered to India so far and five of them stayed back in France for imparting training to IAF pilots. The delivery of all 36 aircraft is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.
The second batch of four to five Rafale jets is likely to arrive in India by November.
The second batch of four to five Rafale jets is likely to arrive in India by November.
While the first squadron of the Rafale jets will be stationed at Ambala air base, the second one will be based at Hasimara base in West Bengal.
While the first squadron of the Rafale jets will be stationed at Ambala air base, the second one will be based at Hasimara base in West Bengal.
The Rafale jets are capable of carrying a range of potent weapons.
The Rafale jets are capable of carrying a range of potent weapons.
European missile maker MBDA's Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile will be the mainstay of the weapons package
European missile maker MBDA's Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile will be the mainstay of the weapons package
The Indian Air Force is set to resurrect its 'Golden Arrows' 17 Squadron which will be the first unit to fly the multi-role Rafale fighter jets.
The Indian Air Force is set to resurrect its 'Golden Arrows' 17 Squadron which will be the first unit to fly the multi-role Rafale fighter jets.
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