A second batch of three Rafale fighter jets arrived at Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat on Wednesday night after flying continuous from France, taking the overall variety of plane within the fleet to eight, officers mentioned.
The primary batch of 5 Rafale jets reached India on July 29, practically 4 years after India signed an inter-governmental settlement with France to acquire 36 plane at a price of Rs 59,000 crore.
“Second batch of IAF #Rafale plane arrived in India at 8:14 pm on 04 Nov 20 after flying continuous from France,” the IAF mentioned in a tweet.
The primary batch of Rafale jets was inducted into the IAF on September 10.
One other flight in 🇮🇳-🇫🇷 strategic partnership:
Subsequent batch of #Rafale jets landed safely in India after non cease flight from France with a number of mid air refueling.@PMOIndia @narendramodi @JawedAshraf5 @IAF_MCC @PIB_India @DrSJaishankar @harshvshringla @DDNewslive pic.twitter.com/nK3uSvp5oK
— India in France (@Indian_Embassy) November 4, 2020
Chief of Air Workers Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on October 5 mentioned that the induction of all 36 Rafale jets can be accomplished by 2023.
The Rafale jets, identified for air-superiority and precision strikes, are India’s first main acquisition of fighter planes in 23 years after the Sukhoi jets have been imported from Russia.
The newly inducted fleet has been finishing up sorties in japanese Ladakh, the place Indian and Chinese language troops are engaged in a bitter border row for over 5 months.