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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