Water-Cannon Salute Given To Five Rafale Jets In Ambala

New fighter aircrafts were inducted into IAF in today’s ceremony.

Sohil Nikam

September 10, 2020

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) officially inducted the five new Rafale fighter jets into its fleet and the ceremony was marked by a water-cannon salute given to the aircraft. The event was also graced by grand displays by the IAF’s Sarang Aerobatic Team, which made sorties with its indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. The new aircraft, procured from France, will be part of the 17 Squadron “Golden Arrows,” as revealed by India’s Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh.

The Rafale fighter jets had first landed in India on July 29. Of the five, three happen to be single-seater aircraft, while two are twin-seater. India had inked a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore to procure 36 such jets from France. Much controversy had erupted on the matter when it was found that the original order was supposed to be for 126 jets instead of 36. In November last year, the Supreme Court dismissed all the petitions seeking a review of the deal and upheld it.

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