French Defence Minister Arrives In Delhi For Rafale Induction

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly will be the chief guest for the ceremony.

Jessica David

September 10, 2020

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French Defence Minister Florence Parly arrived in the national capital on an official visit on Thursday morning (September 10), ahead of the formal induction of the first five Indian Air Force Rafale jets at Ambala. Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly will be the chief guest for the Rafale induction ceremony at Air Force Station in Ambala. This will be Parly’s third official visit to India since 2017. To be formally inducted in the IAF, the Rafale fighter aircraft will be part of 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows.”

The first five Indian Air Force Rafale aircrafts arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala from France on July 27, 2020. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO along with other senior officers of the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces will be present to mark a very important milestone in the history of the IAF.

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