Three extra Rafales take-off continuous from France to India  |  Photo Credit score: ANI
Paris: Three extra Rafale fighter jets took off from France for a continuous flight to India with mid-air refuelling by UAE MRTT, confirmed the Indian Embassy in France on Wednesday. The planes will land at Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat.
This batch of Rafales would be the third set of deliveries of the French-origin plane to the Indian Air Pressure, that ordered a complete of 36 warplanes (the equal of two squadrons).
In March, three extra Rafale jets shall be delivered, adopted by seven extra in April. The primary batch of 5 Rafales arrived in India on July 28 and was formally inducted in September at Ambala Air Base in Haryana on September 10 by the central authorities.
The second batch of Rafale plane arrived in India on November 4 after flying continuous from France.
Rafale jet showstopper in Republic Day flypast
The newly-inducted Rafale jets had been displayed for the primary time within the Republic Day flypast on January 26 because it carried out the ‘Brahmastra’ formation alone and was a part of the ‘Eklavya’ formation with 4 different fighter jets.
“The parade culminated with a single Rafale plane flying at a pace of 900km/hr finishing up a ‘Vertical Charlie’. The plane was piloted by Group Captain Harkirat Singh, Shaurya Chakra, Commanding Officer of 17 Squadron with Squadron chief Kislaykant,” information company ANI reported.
On Saturday, IAF Squadron Chief Sarthak Kumar had stated that the Indian Air Pressure is ready for all adversities and if push involves shove, the newly-inducted Rafale fighter jets are able to undertake any problem from the northern frontiers to the southern borders.
Kumar, who can also be a Rafale fighter jet pilot, informed information company ANI: “The Indian Air Pressure is able to undertake any problem from Leh to Kanyakumari. The Rafale fleet is able to undertake any operation.”