Wednesday, March 31, 2021

3 more Rafale fighter jets to land in India today after mid-air refuelling in UAE

New Delhi: A fresh batch of three more Rafale fighter jets made by French defence manufacturer - Dassault Aviation - will arrive in India on Wednesday, after mid-air refuelling in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

The three upcoming Rafale fighters will join the IAF's Golden Arrows Squadron in Ambala, and take the squadron strength to 14. Confirming the development, Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, had said on Tuesday said that five extra Rafale jets will be ferried to India by the end of April.

“This would be other than three Rafale which is arriving on Wednesday,” he added. Calling it a “matter of great pride", he said, “we’ve been able to deliver on schedule and even ahead of schedule in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

"Right now, 21 Rafales delivered to India, 11 already ferried to India, three are right now being ferried and 5 extra will be ferried by end of April," French Envoy to India said.

The French envoy added, "Total in 2022, the 36 aircraft will have been delivered as per contract." The aircraft had started joining the Air Force fleet in the July-August timeframe last year and were quickly operationalised by the Air Force in the shortest possible time.

31/03/21 ZeeNews

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