IAF Pilots Who Flew Rafale Fighter Jets From France To India Get A Grand Welcome

The aircrew, who flew the Rafale war machines, was headed by Captain Harkirat Singh, from France to Ambala, covering a distance of 7,000 km.

Jessica David

July 30, 2020

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Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria welcomed the pilots who flew Rafale fighter jets to India. The first batch of five jets was flown by pilots of the 17 Golden Arrows led by Commanding Officer Group Captain Harkirat Singh along with other pilots, Wing Commanders MK Singh, R Kataria, Sidhu and Arun. These pilots hail from different regions of the country from Kashmir to Bihar. The game-changer war machines are finally in India from France and were given a grand swagat at the Ambala airbase, after covering a distance of 7,000 km.

The arrival of new fighter jets amid India-China border tensions will give the country’s air power a strategic edge. Escorted by two Sukhoi 30 MKIs after they entered the Indian air space, the Rafale fighter jets were given a water salute in the presence of top brass of the Indian Air Force (IAF), including Chief of Air Staff, who had played a key role as lead negotiator in the procurement of the fighter jets, when they landed in Ambala Air Force base at around 3.10 p.m. The planes flew from the Merignac airbase in French port city of Bordeaux.

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