The five Rafale jets are a part of the batch of 36 aircraft that India bought off-the-shelf from France in an inter-government deal in September 2016
Finally, the wait is over as the first batch of five Rafale fighter jets has formally been inducted as part of the 17 Squadron at Ambala Air Force Station today.
The programme will include ceremonial unveiling of the Rafale aircraft, a traditional sarva dharma puja, air display by Rafale and Tejas aircraft as well as by the Sarang aerobatic team,” an IAF spokesperson said
India inked an inter-governmental deal with France in September 2016 to procure 36 Rafale jets worth Rs 59,000 crore.
An IAF spokesperson said, describing the ceremony as a “very important milestone” in the history of the Indian Air Force.