Three more Rafale jets arrive in India after flying non-stop from France

The first batch of five Rafale jets reached India on July 29.
Three more Rafale jets arrive in India after flying non-stop from France
The Dassault Rafale, a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. (File Photo)

NEW DELHI

The second batch of three Rafale fighter jets arrived at Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat on Wednesday evening after flying non-stop from France, taking the total number of aircraft in the fleet to eight, officials said.

The first batch of five Rafale jets reached India on July 29, nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 aircraft at Rs 59,000 crore.

"The second batch of IAF #Rafale aircraft arrived in India at 8:14 pm on Nov 4, 2020, after flying non-stop from France," the IAF said in a tweet.

They inducted the first batch of Rafale jets into the IAF on September 10.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on October 5, said that the induction of all 36 Rafale jets will be completed by 2023.

The Rafale jets, known for air-superiority and precision strikes, are India's first major acquisition of fighter planes in 23 years after they imported the Sukhoi jets from Russia.

The newly inducted fleet has been carrying out sorties in eastern Ladakh, where Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a bitter border row for over five months. (PTI)

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