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Dassault Aviation has handed over 18 of the 36 contracted Rafale fighter jets to India. 11 have been inducted into the Indian Air Force while 7 are being used for training IAF pilots in France.(Dassault Aviation /A Pecchi)

4 French air force jets to come for wargames with IAF’s Rafale jets from 19 Jan

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 08:26 PM IST
India is also considering a French proposal to acquire six Airbus 330 multi-role transport tanker aircraft on a government-to-government basis for expanding the strike capability of the Indian Air Force
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File photo: Rafale combat aircraft at the Air Force Station in Ambala.(PTI)
File photo: Rafale combat aircraft at the Air Force Station in Ambala.(PTI)

More muscle to IAF with at least 3 more Rafales flying-in next month

By Rahul Singh | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 09:25 PM IST
This batch of Rafale fighters will be the third set of deliveries of the French-origin aircraft to the Indian Air Force.
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The Indian Air Force had asked missile manufacturer MBDA to tweak the software of the air-launched long range, conventionally armed, deep strike weapon, to be able to hit targets located at up to 4,000 metres above sea level(PTI)
The Indian Air Force had asked missile manufacturer MBDA to tweak the software of the air-launched long range, conventionally armed, deep strike weapon, to be able to hit targets located at up to 4,000 metres above sea level(PTI)

Rafale’s deep-strike cruise missile gets an upgrade for targets in mountains

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 12:56 PM IST
Rafale carries a beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile Meteor with a range of more than 100 km, the potent SCALP cruise missile and the Hammer precision-guided ammunition.
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Second batch of three Rafale fighter jets arrived at Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat on Wednesday.(PTI)
Second batch of three Rafale fighter jets arrived at Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat on Wednesday.(PTI)

Second batch of 3 Rafale jets likely to reach Ambala home base today

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 12:59 PM IST
The jets landed in Jamnagar last night without a stopover on the way, with refuelling support from Indian and French tankers
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Second batch of IAF Rafale aircraft arrive in India from France((ANI file photo for representation)
Second batch of IAF Rafale aircraft arrive in India from France((ANI file photo for representation)

Second batch of IAF Rafale aircraft arrives in India from France

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 10:00 PM IST
The first batch of five Rafale jets of the 36 ordered by the IAF had reached the Ambala airbase on July 29 after a stopover at the Al Dhafra airbase near Abu Dhabi, although a formal induction ceremony took place later on September 10.
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By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 12:54 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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The IAF is expecting three or four Rafale jets to be delivered every two months, with all the planes likely to join the air force’s combat fleet by the year-end.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
The IAF is expecting three or four Rafale jets to be delivered every two months, with all the planes likely to join the air force’s combat fleet by the year-end.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

IAF team in France to review Rafale project as India prepares to induct more jets

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 12:41 PM IST
Five Rafale jets of the 36 ordered by the IAF reached the Ambala airbase on July 29 after a stopover at the Al Dhafra airbase near Abu Dhabi, although a formal induction ceremony took place later on September 10
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Indian Air Force Apache helicopter seen flying around the mountains in Leh.(ANI)
Indian Air Force Apache helicopter seen flying around the mountains in Leh.(ANI)

Induction of Rafale, Apache, Chinook will transform IAF, says President Kovind

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 01:00 PM IST
The nation remains indebted to the contribution of the IAF in securing our skies and assisting civil authorities in humanitarian and disaster relief, the President said the occasion of 88th foundation day of the IAF.
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The Rafale will be flying in two different formations during the flypast. They will first fly with Jaguars and Mirage 2000 in the Arrowhead formation, followed by another formation involving the Sukhoi-30 and the Tejas light combat aircraft.(AFP File)
The Rafale will be flying in two different formations during the flypast. They will first fly with Jaguars and Mirage 2000 in the Arrowhead formation, followed by another formation involving the Sukhoi-30 and the Tejas light combat aircraft.(AFP File)

IAF set to mark 88th anniversary with grand flypast: 5 highlights

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 12:15 PM IST
The Rafale fighter jets will take part in the IAF Day flypast for the first time. This will mark their second public appearance after the planes were formally inducted at the Ambala airbase on September 10
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Rafale jets will take part in the Air Force day parade on October 8.(@IAF_MCC/Twitter Photo)
Rafale jets will take part in the Air Force day parade on October 8.(@IAF_MCC/Twitter Photo)

Rafale’s induction gives us edge to strike first: IAF chief RKS Bhadauria

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 01:29 PM IST
The newly-inducted Rafale fighter jets have been made operational in the Ladakh theatre where the military is on its highest state of alert amid the border standoff with neighbouring China.
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An Indian Air Force officer wearing a protective face mask walks in front of a Rafale fighter jet during its induction ceremony at an air force station in Ambala, India, September 10, 2020.(REUTERS)
An Indian Air Force officer wearing a protective face mask walks in front of a Rafale fighter jet during its induction ceremony at an air force station in Ambala, India, September 10, 2020.(REUTERS)

In a first, Rafale fighter jet to feature in Air Force Day parade

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 04:41 PM IST
The IAF is operating its newly-inducted Rafale fighter jets in the Ladakh theatre where the military is on its highest state of alert.
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Representational image of a Mi-17 chopper.(HT Photo)
Representational image of a Mi-17 chopper.(HT Photo)

CAG picks holes in chopper upgrade, flags concerns about navy vessels

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 11:17 AM IST
CAG said the choppers were flying with limited capability, attributing the situation to “poor planning and indecision”
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The head count of women in the military adds up to more than 4,000, but combat roles were off limits to them until IAF took the lead in crushing internal resistance to induct them into the fighter stream.
The head count of women in the military adds up to more than 4,000, but combat roles were off limits to them until IAF took the lead in crushing internal resistance to induct them into the fighter stream.

Varanasi’s Shivangi Singh to be first woman to fly Rafale

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 11:54 AM IST
Shivangi Singh, who hails from Varanasi, is currently being trained to fly IAF’s newest fighter based in Ambala. She is undergoing conversion training to fly the Rafale jet and will soon join the Ambala-based No. 17 squadron, also known as “Golden Arrows.”
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The Rafales have even flown in the Ladakh sector and the country’s eastern region, officials said, requesting anonymity.(HT photo)
The Rafales have even flown in the Ladakh sector and the country’s eastern region, officials said, requesting anonymity.(HT photo)

5 Rafale fighters formally inducted in combat fleet

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 03:04 AM IST
Five of the 36 Rafales ordered by India from France reached Ambala -- India’s oldest air force base -- on July 29 but a formal induction ceremony was held on Thursday. These Rafale jets are part of the IAF’s No. 17 Squadron, which is also known as the Golden Arrows.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Emmaneul Macron have focused on deepening the India-France strategic partnership over the last six years(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Emmaneul Macron have focused on deepening the India-France strategic partnership over the last six years(REUTERS)

Can count on us, France tells India as Rafale fighters take to the skies

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 09:16 PM IST
French defence minister Florence Parly had condoled the death of Indian soldiers in a letter in June, conveying France’s “steadfast and friendly” support in these “difficult circumstances”.
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A Rafale fighters shows its skills during the induction ceremeony.(Ajay Agarwal/HT Photos)
A Rafale fighters shows its skills during the induction ceremeony.(Ajay Agarwal/HT Photos)

In pictures: Rafale joins IAF’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 02:37 PM IST
The event was attended by Defence minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly along with IAF chief RKS Bhadauria, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, and Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier.
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CSK Skipper MS Dhoni during the practice session.(PTI)
CSK Skipper MS Dhoni during the practice session.(PTI)

MS Dhoni congratulates Indian Air Force on induction of Rafale fighter jets

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 01:43 PM IST
Dhoni, who is currently in the UAE to take part in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), will be in action in a competitive match for the first time since playing the ICC World Cup semi-final last year, when Chennai Super Kings take on Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener on September 19.
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Air display of the first batch of IAF’s Rafale aircraft in an arrow formation followed by Jaguar and SU-30 aircraft during the former’s induction ceremony, in Ambala.(PTI)
Air display of the first batch of IAF’s Rafale aircraft in an arrow formation followed by Jaguar and SU-30 aircraft during the former’s induction ceremony, in Ambala.(PTI)

Rafale jets inducted into IAF, will be part of ‘Golden Arrows’ squadron

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 03:45 PM IST
Speaking during the induction ceremony, air chief marshal RKS Bhadauria, said, ‘The Rafale aircrafts along with the skill of the Rafale aircrafts will form a lethal combination and will challenge our adversaries.”
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Ambala: Priests perform 'Sarva Dharma Puja' during the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)(PTI10-09-2020_000027A)(PTI)
Ambala: Priests perform 'Sarva Dharma Puja' during the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)(PTI10-09-2020_000027A)(PTI)

‘Sarva dharma puja’ performed as IAF formally inducts five Rafale fighters

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 11:22 AM IST
The five fighter jets arrived in India on July 29. They will be a part of the 17 Squadron, which is based at the IAF’s Ambala air base.
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The Rafale fighter jets will be inducted to the 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ today.(@IAF_MCC/Twitter)
The Rafale fighter jets will be inducted to the 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ today.(@IAF_MCC/Twitter)

Rafale jets to be inducted to Indian Air Force’s 17 Squadron Golden Arrows today

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 08:16 AM IST
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, defence minister Rajnath Singh and Florence Parly, minister of the French Armed Forces will attend the ceremony.
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Rajnath Singh (and Florence Parly at the ceremony marking the delivery of the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets for India, on October 8, 2019 at Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac.(AFP)
Rajnath Singh (and Florence Parly at the ceremony marking the delivery of the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets for India, on October 8, 2019 at Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac.(AFP)

French defence minister Florence Parly to visit India for Rafale induction

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 12:40 PM IST
Parly will make an official visit to India on September 10 to attend the ceremony marking the induction of the first batch of Rafale combat jets into the IAF and to take forward cooperation in key areas such as the Indo-Pacific and joint exercises
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A Rafale combat aircraft at the Air Force Station in Ambala.(PTI)
A Rafale combat aircraft at the Air Force Station in Ambala.(PTI)

5 things you need to know about the induction of Rafale jets into IAF at Ambala

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 11:43 AM IST
Five of the 36 Rafales ordered by the IAF arrived at the Ambala airbase on July 29
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First five Rafale combat aircraft from France arrive at the Air Force Station, in Ambala. The aircraft will be a part of 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”, which was resurrected on Sept 10, 2019.(PTI Photo)
First five Rafale combat aircraft from France arrive at the Air Force Station, in Ambala. The aircraft will be a part of 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”, which was resurrected on Sept 10, 2019.(PTI Photo)

IAF to formally induct Rafale jets on Sept 10

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 04:37 AM IST
Arrival of the jets coincided with the ongoing India-China border tussle
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The Rafale aircraft being re-fuelled mid-air. (Photo @Indian_Embassy)
The Rafale aircraft being re-fuelled mid-air. (Photo @Indian_Embassy)

Guarding over skies night and day, hail or shine

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2020 05:38 PM IST
The arrival of Rafale combat jets last month has added more muscle to the Indian Air Force’s ability to secure our country’s airspace. Here’s a detailed look at all the major aircraft in the IAF’s formidable fleet.
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Kerala gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh after she was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in Bengaluru, Karnataka.(PTI)
Kerala gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh after she was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in Bengaluru, Karnataka.(PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Swapna Suresh’s bail rejected in Kerala gold smuggling case, anti-terror law to apply and all the latest news

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 01:18 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at this hour. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Former Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa has always highlighted how Rafale fighter jets (R) are better stealth fighters and are not superior to China’s J-20 jets (L). Rafale is 4.5 generation jet.(HT Photos)
Former Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa has always highlighted how Rafale fighter jets (R) are better stealth fighters and are not superior to China’s J-20 jets (L). Rafale is 4.5 generation jet.(HT Photos)

Rafale vs J-20: Ex-IAF chief Dhanoa calls China’s bluff with ‘two simple questions’

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 05:26 PM IST
Chinese Communist Party’s tabloid Global Times quoted a military ‘expert’ who claimed the Rafale fighter is only superior to the IAF’s Sukhoi-30 MKI jets but a generation below Chinese PLA’s J-20 fighter.
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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray(HT File)
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray(HT File)

NEP 2020 more important than procurement of Rafale jets, should be implemented well: Shiv Sena

By Asian News International| Posted by Nandini | Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 31, 2020 10:15 AM IST
The New Education Policy 2020 unveiled by the Government of India is more important than the procurement of Rafale fighter planes but there are concerns on its proper implementation, Shiv Sena said in its mouthpiece Saamna on Thursday.
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First five Rafale combat aircraft from France arrive at the Air Force Station, in Ambala.(PTI Photo)
First five Rafale combat aircraft from France arrive at the Air Force Station, in Ambala.(PTI Photo)

As Rafale jets entered Indian airspace, UP’s Hardoi celebrated ‘Diwali’

By Oliver Fredrick | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 10:45 AM IST
Wing Commander Abhishek Tripathi’s inclusion among the selected pilots to fly Rafale jets to India is a matter of pride for his ancestral village in UP.
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The Congress claimed that the deal that was struck by the Manmohan Singh government was in power would have ensured that the Indian Air Force receives 126 fighter jets instead of 36 aircraft.(PTI)
The Congress claimed that the deal that was struck by the Manmohan Singh government was in power would have ensured that the Indian Air Force receives 126 fighter jets instead of 36 aircraft.(PTI)

Congrats for Rafale, tweets Rahul Gandhi to IAF; fires 3 questions at Centre

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Aloke Tikku | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 09:38 PM IST
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took aim at the BJP-led government and fired three questions at the Centre to revive his campaign pitch that alleged irregularities in the deal to buy the 36 jets from French company Dassault Aviation.
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Touchdown of Rafale fighter aircraft at Ambala airbase on Wednesday. Five jets have arrived from France to be inducted in Indian Air Force.(ANI Photo)
Touchdown of Rafale fighter aircraft at Ambala airbase on Wednesday. Five jets have arrived from France to be inducted in Indian Air Force.(ANI Photo)

Moments after Rafale fighter jets land, Rajnath Singh’s veiled warning to China

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 05:45 PM IST
Rafale jets are considered to be much advanced than Chinese mainstay fighter jets.
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