Rafale Induction: In Videos & Pictures

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Rafale at Ambala. Source: IAF

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is formally set to induct the Rafale in its fleet. Built by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation, these fighter jets are known for air-superiority and precision strikes on ground targets, making them truly multi-role jets.

Water cannon salute given to the five #Rafale fighter aircraft at Ambala airbase#RafaleInduction @rajnathsingh @IAF_MCC @DefenceMinIndia @Indian_Embassy @florence_parly pic.twitter.com/ze7MtaQJrt

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The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to buy 36 jets for ₹ 59,000 crore.

A Rafale fighter jet displays its prowess at Ambala Air Force Station. Source: Abhishek Singh Chauhan

A traditional water cannon salute was given to the Rafale fleet before its ceremonial induction into the 17 Squadron, IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Indranil Nandi said.

The induction of one of the most potent combat jets globally will give the country’s air power a strategic edge in the midst of a bitter border row with China in eastern Ladakh. The fleet, comprising three single seater and two twin seater aircraft, are being inducted into the IAF as part of its Ambala-based No 17 Squadron, also known as the ‘Golden Arrows’.

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Rafale induction ceremony at Ambala Air Force Station. Source: ANI

Make in India has been a reality for French industries for several years, particularly for defence equipment…But this is not only a military or industrial project. There is bubble of friendship,” Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly said at Ambala airbase.

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Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria speaking at the Rafale induction ceremony. Source: ANI
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Rafale induction ceremony at Ambala Air Force Station. Source: ANI
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Rafale fighter jet being accorded a water cannon salute at its induction ceremony at Ambala Air Force Station. Source: ANI