The five Rafale aircraft are all set to be formally inducted today in 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ of the Indian Air Force, at Ambala airbase. The Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh and
Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parly will carry out the induction ceremony.
Previously, the first Rafale was tendered to IAF last year in October on the Defence minister’s visit to France. While the first 5 planes are stationed at Ambala airbase, the second fleet will be based at Hasimara airbase in West Bengal.
According to the latest updates ‘Sarva Dharma Puja’ has been conducted at the airbase.
Apart from the Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria have also arrived at Indian Air Force Station, Ambala, for the ceremony.