Further strengthening the smart weapon system of the Indian Air Force(IAF), another batch of three Rafale fighter jets that started off from France will land in India this evening. The three aircraft will land at Ambala Air Force station after covering a distance of nearly 7,000 km.
Like previously, this set of jets as well will get a mid-air refuelling by the UAE. With the arrival of the new batch, the number of Rafale aircraft will increase to 14. Confirming the development, Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, had said on Tuesday said that five extra Rafale jets will be ferried to India by the end of April.
“Right now 21 Rafales delivered to India, 11 already ferried to India, three are right now being ferried and 5 extra will be ferried by end of April,” French Envoy to India added.
India ordered 36 Rafale jets from France in a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore in September 2016 while the delivery of the first batch officially started in October last year. The planes stayed in France for the training of the pilots and mechanics. The entire contingent is to be delivered by 2022.