Five Rafale fighters, which are among the most lethal and advanced fighter aircraft in the world, have landed at the Ambala airbase. They will be inducted into the 17 golden arrows squadron.
This is a fighter that can undertake multiple missions in a single sortie and is armed with state-of-the-art missile systems.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while welcoming the induction of these new fighters had a message for China and said that those who threaten India’s territorial integrity should be worried about this new capability. He further said that Rafale jets will make Indian Air Force stronger and all controversies around the procurement have been settled.
The deal for 36 Rafale jets at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore was signed in 2016 and the delivery of the remaining 31 fighters would be completed by the end of 2021.
Fali Homi Major, former air chief marshal, Manmohan Bahadur, former air vice marshal and KK Khera, former group captain of the Indian Air Force, discussed on this matter with CNBC-TV18.