The first batch of Rafale fighter jets took off from France’s Istres airbase on July 27. In a massive boost for Indian armed forces, the first five Rafale aircraft will land at the Ambala Air Force Station in India on July 29.
After taking a flight for a distance of almost 7,364 kilometres, these aircrafts will stop at Al Dhafra airbase in UAE for refuelling and will be flown by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots.
“India took a significant step in strengthening air power and defence preparedness with the first five Rafale fighter aircraft, built by Dassault, flying out from Merignac airbase in Bordeaux, France to India today. This also marks a new milestone in the strong and growing India-France defence cooperation,” the Indian Embassy in France, said in a statement.
“Rafale aircrafts manoeuvred by the world’s best pilots, soar into the sky. Emblematic of new heights in India-France defence collaboration,” tweeted the Indian Embassy in France sharing a short video showcasing Rafale fighter aircraft taking off from France to India.