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Much-awaited first batch of Rafale jets land in India

Jul 29, 2020 15:17 IST

In historic moments for the Indian Air Force, the much awaited first batch of five Rafale combat jets on Wednesday landed at the Ambala airbase from France. The fleet landed at Al Dhafra airbase on Monday in the UAE after flying for over seven hours from the Merignac airbase. It was the only stopover by the jets while flying from France to India. The Rafales were escorted by two Sukhoi 30 MKIs after they entered the Indian air space and were greeted by the Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata. The jets were also refulled mid-air from a French tanker at a height of 30,000 feet. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria received the fleet at Ambala. The Rafale jets are India's first major acquisition of fighter planes in over two decades.