The service was given to Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, his French partner Florence Parly, Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar.
IAF has formally inducted the #Rafale aircraft in 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ today, at Air Force Station, Ambala. The ceremony also marks #Rafale’s full operational entry into IAF.
Glimpses of the Rafale in action with IAF. pic.twitter.com/WfohU5vMET
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) September 10, 2020
The five Rafale aircraft which showed up on July 27 at Ambala Air Force Station have been officially drafted to the Indian Air Force’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ on Thursday at Air Force Station in Ambala.
Talking during the enlistment service, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, stated, “The Rafale airplanes alongside the aptitudes of the 17 Squadron of the ‘Golden Arrows’ will shape a deadly mix and will challenge our foes.”
Big day for the Indian Air Force! Attending the Rafale Induction Ceremony in Ambala. Watch! https://t.co/pwhn77h1LH
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 10, 2020
The Air Chief Marshal likewise commended the Center for fortifying the Indian Air Force armada with the Rafale planes.
Rajnath Singh stated, “The enlistment of Rafale planes into the IAF has additionally reinforced the Indo-French relations. We are confronting new geostrategic difficulties and our two majority rules systems are cooperating to determine these difficulties.”
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that the acceptance of the planes will guarantee that India can keep up harmony in the locale and guarantee strength. He said that the Indian Air Force’s conscious and quick activity close to the LAC shows their responsibility towards public security.
Rafale fighter aircraft at the Indian Air Force station in Ambala, today morning.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will formally induct the five Rafale fighter aircraft into the Indian Air Force, today. pic.twitter.com/Pgz82SeCHv
— ANI (@ANI) September 10, 2020
French minister of the military stated, “India will have an edge over its adversaries regarding security with the enlistment of these planes. The enlistment will likewise give a lift to the Make in India activity.”
She said that the acceptance of the airplane is representative of the kinship among India and France. She likewise said that France additionally underpins India’s office at the United Nations Security Council.
Parly further included, “These planes are battle demonstrated. These planes have helped France attempt counter-psychological warfare measures.”
Wishing The Glorious 17 Squadron(Golden Arrows) all the very best and for all of us hope the Rafale beats the service record of the Mirage 2000 but Su30MKI remains my fav and the boys get new target to dogfight with and wait for BVR engagement till their upgrade to Super Sukhoi
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) September 10, 2020
The Rafale airplane was given a water gun salute after the Sarva Dharma Puja which was given to the dignitaries alongside both the guard pastors and Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.
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