Photos of the Day: Rafale arrives in India
Photos of the day
The first five Indian Air Force (IAF) Rafale aircrafts arrived on Wednesday afternoon at Air Force Station, Ambala from Dassault Aviation Facility, Merignac, France. They had a planned stopover en-route at Al Dhafra air-base in the United Arab Emirates.
The ferry was planned in two stages and was undertaken by IAF pilots. The aircrafts covered a distance of nearly 8500 km from France to India. First stage of the flight covered a distance of 5800 km in seven and a half hours. French Air Force (FAF) Tanker provided dedicated Air-to-Air Refuelling support during the flight. The second stage of the flight covering over 2700 km was carried out with Air-to-Air Refuelling by IAF Tanker.
The aircraft will be a part of 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”, which was resurrected on September 19, 2019. A formal induction ceremony of Rafale aircraft in 17 Squadron is scheduled to be held in the second half of Aug 2020.
– globalbihari bureau