Rafale Induction Ceremony May Have PM Modi And French Defence Minister

Indian Air Force is preparing for an induction event to officially include the French Rafale fighter jets into the armed force.

Jessica David

August 21, 2020

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French Defence Minister Florence Parly may attend the ceremony to induct the high-profile Rafale fighter jets into the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) ‘Golden Arrows’ Squadron at the Ambala airbase soon. Although no official dates for the induction ceremony have been finalised, sources claim that it may take place in the last week of August or first week of September. According to sources, the IAF is planning for a high-profile Rafale induction ceremony which is most likely to be attended by PM Modi, Defence Minister of France and other VVIPs.

The first batch of five Rafale jets, which recently arrived at the Ambala airbase, have already proven their mettle with successful weapons firing at a test range after arrival. French Defence Minister Parly, who had earlier pledged support for India as the China crisis unfolded and had requested for a bilateral visit, will most likely be a part of the formal ceremony at Ambala, sources said. When the first batch of Rafales arrived on July 29, the IAF said that a final induction ceremony will be held in the second half of August and that efforts are focused on operationalisation of the aircraft at the earliest.

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