THE BIRDS HAVE LANDED: FIVE RAFFALES REACHED AMBALA AIR BASE

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India sealed a deal with Russia in October last year to cop a batch of S-400 air defence missiles at a cost of USD 5 billion.

India has scorched an agreement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Raffale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crores.

The aircraft is capable of carrying a dimension of potent weapons and missiles.

Five Raffale jets that contracted by India, landed at the Ambala air base. The fighter jet, to be drafted into the Indian Air Force’s ‘Golden Arrow’ squadron, is the first imported fighter jet to be inducted into the IAF in 23 years after the Russian Sukhoi-30 fighters.

The five jets touched down at the airbase amid miraculous security. The district authority also issued a dawn-to-dusk ban on photography of any assets at the air force station under Section 144 of the criminal procedure code.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh described the goal of Raffale combat aircrafts in India as the beginning of a new era in our Military History.

The first Raffale’s tail number, RB-001, denotes the initials of the IAF chief Rakesh Bhadauria who had led the complex negotiations for the Rafale deal.

Former air Chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who had been one of the most choral supporters of the 2016 deal to buy the fighter jets, called the induction of the Raffale into the air force a game changer.

The jets, specifically adapted for the IAF, started their 7,000 km flight home from Mérignac in France on Monday. The Raffale jets were refueled mid-air by the French air force before it landed at the Al Dhafra air base near Abu Dhabi, an abrupt stopover before taking off for Ambala early on Wednesday.

As it sailed over the Indian Ocean, it was warmly welcomed by the Navy’s warship INS Kolkata deployed in the Arabian Sea.

India’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI joined them soon after when the five Raffales entered Indian airspace, escorting them through to Ambala.

“The Birds have entered the Indian airspace,” tweeted Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Subsequently flying for around 7,000 km, the beasts, Rafale have landed at the Ambala Air Force Base.

At Ambala, they are acquired by the Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. Five French made fighter jets have been considered as game-changer for Indian Air Force.

These fighter jets departs from Merignac airbase in the French port city of Bordeaux and camouflaged around thousands of miles before arriving at the Ambala Air Force Base. Meanwhile, the Ambala Cantt area has been declared as a ‘no-drone area’ as it is a delicate zone.

Also, no photography allowed in the area, If anyone breach these orders, action will be taken against them it was already warned by DSP of Ambala Cantt.

Section 144 has been imposed in 4 villages closer to Ambala airbase and gathering of people has been rigorously prohibited.

Three Rafale fighter jets are single-seated and two are twin-seated. These beasts were flown by IAF (INDIAN AIR FORCE) pilots for seven hours with the help of the mid-air refuellers. It had a brief stopover at Al Dhafra airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Though outpace between India and UAE is not enormous, the fighter jets had to maintain a certain speed to keep up with the refuellers.

This deal set a benchmark between these two countries.