The Indian Air Force today formally inducted Rafale Aircraft in 17 Squadron "Golden Arrows" at Air Force Station, Ambala. The ceremony also marked the full operational entry of Rafale into the Indian Air Force.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Defence Minister Florence Parly were Chief Guests for the event. Both the chief guests unveiled the fighter aircraft, thereby completing its formal induction in the Indian Air Force.
Mr Singh stated that the induction of Rafale fighter jets in IAF is a big and momentous occasion for India.
He also said that Rafale with its multi-role capabilities can perform a variety of tasks including Air Superiority missions and precision strikes against enemies. He expressed confidence that the capabilities and technological edge acquired with Rafale induction will revolutionise the IAF capabilities.
"The induction of Rafale is a strong message for the world and especially for those who challenge India’s sovereignty. The induction is a very important step in light of the prevailing security conditions that prevail, or I would say, that have been created along India’s borders," Mr Singh stated.