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Rajnath Singh Welcomes Rafales at Ambala Airbase:- The five Rafale fighter jets entered into the Indian space at 2 PM and Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh welcomed them. "The Birds have entered the Indian airspace. Happy Landing in Ambala! The five Rafales escorted by 02 SU30 MKIs as they enter the Indian air space," tweeted Rajnath Singh. The Rafale jets started in France on Monday and traveled for 7000 kms before they reached the Indian airbase. It is a historic moment for the country as the first batch of the fighter jets landed in the country. 144 section was imposed and the security was completely tightened. The Indian government released the pictures of the fighter jets after they got captured entering the Indian space.
The Birds have landed safely in Ambala.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 29, 2020
The touch down of Rafale combat aircrafts in India marks the beginning of a new era in our Military History.
These multirole aircrafts will revolutionise the capabilities of the @IAF_MCC.
Videography and photography are strictly prohibited and a security blanket is thrown all over. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria was also present for the event. Four villages close to Ambala are closed and are under scanner. 36 fighter jets have been ordered by the Indian government from France for an estimated price of Rs 60,000 crores. A team of pilots and engineers are specially trained in France. The final induction ceremony of Rafale aircrafts will take place in the second half of August.
Several batches of Indian Air Force will be trained for the next nine months in France and the delivery of the 36 fighter jets would complete by the end of next year.