India gets shot in the arm; Singh landed the first Rafale at Ambala
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The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets landed at Haryana’s Ambala after covering a distance of nearly 7,000 km from France, to join the Indian Air Force fleet.
Defence Minister gave this information through a tweet
The Touchdown of Rafale at Ambala. pic.twitter.com/lNJ8Vup1pe
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 29, 2020
“The Birds have landed safely in Ambala. The touch down of Rafale combat aircrafts in India marks the beginning of a new era in our Military History. These multirole aircrafts will revolutionise the capabilities of the @IAF_MCC,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in a series of tweets.
“Welcome home ‘Golden Arrows’. Blue skies always,” the Indian Air Force tweeted with a photo of the Rafales in “Arrow formation”, given a ceremonial welcome by SU-30s.
As per information, Shaurya Chakra awardee, Group Captain Harkirat Singh may script the history, as the first Commanding Officer of the 17 Squadron of the Rafale fighter jet that landed at Ambala. The others in the 17 Golden Arrows accompanying Singh are Wing Commanders MK Singh, R Kataria, Sidhu and Arun.
Group Captain Singh may became the first pilot ,who will touch down at the Ambala airbase when the jets land.
India gets shot in the arm; Singh landed the first Rafale at Ambala.Chief of Air Staff RKS Bhadauria will receive the fleet, comprising three single seater and two twin seater aircraft, inducted into the IAF as part of its No. 17 Squadron, also known as the ”Golden Arrows”, at the Ambala air base, which has been upgraded for the purpose. Rafale jets, India’s first major acquisition of fighter planes in over two decades.
The Ambala air base has already two squadrons of the Jaguar combat aircraft and one squadron of the MIG-21 Bison. Now Rafale added in the list.
At around 2:00 pm (IST), Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata establishes the contact in the Western Arabian Sea “Welcome to the Indian Ocean… May you touch the sky with glory,” the Naval warship was heard telling a Rafale commander in an audio.
July,29,2020 (3.20 PM)