IAF's Sukhoi Su-30MKIs escort five Rafale jets, give ceremonial welcome at Ambala airbase - In pics

Ambala: The much-awaited first batch of India's five Rafale fighter jets entered the Indian air space on the morning of July 29 and were given a ceremonial welcome by Indian Air Force's Sukhoi Su-30MKIs. The 'golden arrows' then landed at the Ambala Air Force base in the afternoon. The jets that took off from the Merignac airbase in French port city of Bordeaux on July 27 covered a distance of around 6300 km with air-to-air refueling and a single stop in the United Arab Emirates.

Zee Media Bureau | Jul 29, 2020, 17:47 PM IST

Ambala: The much-awaited first batch of India's five Rafale fighter jets entered the Indian air space on the morning of July 29 and were given a ceremonial welcome by Indian Air Force's Sukhoi Su-30MKIs.

The 'golden arrows' then landed at the Ambala Air Force base in the afternoon.

The jets that took off from the Merignac airbase in French port city of Bordeaux on July 27 covered a distance of around 6300 km with air-to-air refueling and a single stop in the United Arab Emirates.

The Rs 59,000-crore deal of 36 Rafale jets between the Indian and French governments was signed in the year 2016.

As per an official statement, the delivery of 10 aircraft has been completed as slated and five will stay back in France for training missions. All the 36 aircraft (30 fighter and six trainers) will be reportedly delivered by the end of 2021. 

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(Photo Credits: Twitter/@IAF_MCC and Twitter/@DefenceMinIndia)

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Rafale fighter aircraft being escorted by IAF's Sukhoi Su-30MKIs

Rafale fighter aircraft being escorted by IAF's Sukhoi Su-30MKIs

The Rafale fighter aircraft were escorted by IAF's Sukhoi Su-30MKIs.  The Arrow formation (Rafales) was given ceremonial welcome by SU-30s.

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New Rafale fighter aircraft flying over Indian air space

New Rafale fighter aircraft flying over Indian air space

The 5 new Rafale fighter aircraft were clicked while flying over the Indian air space. The jets landed at the Ambala Air Force base at around 3.14 PM on Wednesday afternoon.

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Rafale jet makes touchdown at Ambala Air Force base

Rafale jet makes touchdown at Ambala Air Force base

The Rafale jet made touchdown at the Ambala Air Force base on Wednesday afternoon.

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