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Three more Rafale fighters arriving from France, to land in Gujarat's Jamnagar tonight

By | Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi
Oct 13, 2021 09:22 PM IST

In a major boost for the Indian Air Force, three more Rafale fighter jets are arriving in Gujarat's Jamnagar on Wednesday evening from France.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will be further strengthened amid the ongoing military standoff with China as three more Rafale jetss took off from France and will touch down in Jamnagar, Gujarat on Wednesday. The three new fighter jets will increase the count of Rafale jets to 29 out of the total 36 India had ordered as part of the 60,000 crore deal inked in 2016.

Induction ceremony of the second squadron of Rafale fighter aircraft at the Hasimara airbase in Alipurduar. (ANI File Photo)
Induction ceremony of the second squadron of Rafale fighter aircraft at the Hasimara airbase in Alipurduar. (ANI File Photo)

Three Rafale jets were provided mid-air refueling over the Middle East by a friendly Air Force. They will be landing at the Jamnagar air base, government sources told ANI. These Rafales are the first to be coming from France since Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari took over as the Chief of Air Staff earlier this month.

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The planes coming from France would be distributed between the Golden Arrows squadron in Ambala and the 101 squadron in Hashimara, West Bengal.

The Centre had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around 58,000 crore. The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29 last year.

The next three Rafale jets are set to reach India by the first half of December and they would be joining the operational squadrons by January 26. The 36th and final Rafale would, according to the plan, include special enhancements that would make it more lethal and capable.

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