First batch of five Rafale fighter planes likely to arrive by month end
New Delhi: The first batch of five Indian Air Force (IAF) Rafale is likely to arrive in India by end July 2020, the Defence Ministry stated here on Monday. It added that the aircraft will be inducted at Air Force Station Ambala on July 29, “subject to weather”.
It would be a low key affair as the ministry said “No media coverage is planned on arrival”. However, it stated that the final induction ceremony will take place in second half of August 20 wherein full media coverage would be planned.
IAF aircrew and ground crew have undergone comprehensive training on the aircraft, including its highly advanced weapons systems and are fully operational now. Post arrival, efforts will focus on operationalisation of the aircraft at the earliest.
In the meantime, the Air Force Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) will be conducted from July 22-24 at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan) New Delhi. The theme of the conference is “IAF in the Next Decade”. During the three day conference the discussions would take stock of the current operational scenario and deployments. The plan of action for operational capability enhancement of the IAF in the next decade would also be discussed.
The AFCC would be chaired by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was expected to inaugurate the Conference on July 22.
– globalbihari bureau