Rafale fighter jets

3 more Rafale fighter jets to land in India today after mid-air refuelling in UAE

India had ordered 36 Rafale aircraft from France in September 2016 and more than 50 per cent of these would have arrived in India by April-end 2021. The first batch of five Rafales arrived in India on July 28 and was officially inducted in September at Ambala Air Base in Haryana on September 10 by the central government.

Mar 31, 2021, 10:46 AM IST

Punjab Rafale: Check out this jet-shaped vehicle that runs at speed of 20km per hour

The engine and gear of a Maruti car have been used in the ‘Punjab Rafale’ along with a new chassis.

Mar 06, 2021, 09:46 AM IST

Three more Rafale fighter jets land in India from France; further boosts Indian Air Force's strike capability

The Rafale fighter jets are capable of carrying a range of potent weapons. European missile maker MBDA's Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile, Scalp cruise missile and MICA weapons system will be the mainstay of the weapons package of the Rafale jets.

Jan 27, 2021, 22:30 PM IST

Desert Knight-21: Rafale fighters to be part of Indo-French air exercise

The Ministry of Defence on Tuesday announced that the newly inducted Rafale fighter jets are going to be part of the bilateral air exercise 'Desert Knight-21' between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and French Air and Space Force. IAF and French Air and Space Force will conduct the bilateral air exercise at the Air Force Station in Jodhpur between January 20 and January 24. 

Jan 19, 2021, 16:20 PM IST

Two newly inducted Rafale fighters to be part of Republic Day flypast for first time

2021 Republic Day: It is for the first time that the Rafale fighter jets will be part of the event. They will be part of two different formations and the name of the mixed formation in which the first Rafale will take part is Eklavya. An Indian Air Force spokesperson, Wing Commander Indranil Nandi PRO said, "There will be a mixed formation. Single rafale, flanked by two Jaguar and two MiG 29. And single Rafale will carry out vertical Charlie." 



Jan 18, 2021, 20:54 PM IST

Second batch of three Rafale fighter jets arrive in India after flying non-stop from France, says IAF

India received the second batch of three Rafale combat aircraft as the jets landed in Jamnagar in Gujarat.

Nov 04, 2020, 21:33 PM IST

Threatened by Rafale aircraft, panicky Pakistan rushes to China to buy fighter jets and missiles

Pakistan is panicking over Rafale jets and has rushed to China begging for help.

Nov 03, 2020, 19:20 PM IST

Major boost to IAF! India likely to receive three more Rafale aircraft soon; check details

In a move that will strengthen the IAF, three more Rafale fighter jets are expected to arrive in India soon.

Nov 02, 2020, 23:58 PM IST

In big boost to Indian Air Force, 3 more Rafale fighters to arrive in India on November 5

In a big boost to the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) firepower, three more French Rafale multi-combat fighter jets are expected to arrive in India on November 5. 

Oct 28, 2020, 12:13 PM IST

Indian Air Force likely to receive 2nd batch of Rafale fighter jets next month amid border tension with China

Amid the ongoing border conflict with China, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to receive another set of 3-4 Rafale fighter jets early next month, said reports on Friday. The Rafale fighters will arrive at the Ambala airbase in Haryana by the first week of November, news agency ANI reported.

Oct 16, 2020, 15:50 PM IST

Newly inducted Rafale fighter jets on display during full dress rehearsal ahead of IAF Day parade - Watch

Newly inducted Rafale fighter aircraft were on display during the full-dress rehearsal on Tuesday ahead of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Day parade at Hindon IAF base.

Oct 06, 2020, 09:13 AM IST

Newly-inducted Rafale fighter aircraft to soar into sky on Air Force day 2020

The Rafale fighter aircraft will fly in Vijay formation along with the Jaguars and then in the ‘Transformer’ formation with the Su-30 MKI and LCA Tejas fighter aircraft during the Air Force Day parade this year.

Oct 05, 2020, 12:14 PM IST

Rafale fighter jets to be formally inducted into IAF today at Ambala airbase: Check programme details

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly will be the chief guests for the event. The Rafale jets are India's first major acquisition of fighter planes in more than two decades.

Sep 10, 2020, 01:25 AM IST

Induction ceremony of IAF's Rafale fighters on September 10, Rajnath Singh and French Defence Minister to be chief guests

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence will be the chief guests for the event. 

Sep 09, 2020, 16:16 PM IST

Induction ceremony of Rafale fighter jets into IAF to be held at Ambala airbase on September 10

Earlier, sources had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is most likely to attend the ceremony.

Sep 07, 2020, 17:21 PM IST

French Defence Minister Florence Parly to visit India on Sept 10 for Rafale jets induction ceremony

Parly will be accompanied by sizeable defence officials and a defence industry delegation on a special plane and will have a full day of engagements. This will be the first foreign visit of the French Minister after the COVID measures were put in place in France.

Sep 07, 2020, 16:08 PM IST

Rajnath Singh to formally induct Rafale fighter jets into IAF on September 10, French Defence Minister also invited

Defence sources told ANI that the induction ceremony would be held after the return of the Defence Minister from Russia where he is scheduled to attend the meeting of the Defence Ministers of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation from September 4 to 6.

Aug 28, 2020, 11:55 AM IST

PM Narendra Modi, French Defence Minister likely to attend Rafale induction ceremony in Ambala soon

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French Defence Minister Florence Parly may attend the ceremony to induct the high-profile Rafale fighters jets into the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) 'Golden Arrows' Squadron at the Ambala airbase soon.

Aug 21, 2020, 14:23 PM IST

Day after IAF Rafales land in Ambala, rattled Pakistan cries India indulging in arms buildup

Pakistan on Thursday accused India of "disproportionate arms buildup", adding that it "could also lead to an arms race in South Asia", according to Pakistani news portal The Tribune.

Jul 30, 2020, 17:12 PM IST

IAF gets Rafale power, 17 Squadron Golden Arrows now 'Tip of the Spear'

Each jet was given a special water cannon salute at the strategically-located airbase in the presence of top brass of the Indian Air Force including Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria, who had played a key role as lead negotiator in the procurement of the jets.

Jul 30, 2020, 00:40 AM IST