In a capability boost for the Indian Air Force (IAF), three more Rafale aircraft are expected to arrive from France later today.
Indian Air Force fighter jet Rafale during the full dress rehearsal for the 89th Air Force Day parade. (PTI Photo)
Further strengthening its fleet of fighter aircraft, the Indian Air Force is set to get three more Rafales fighters on Wednesday. They are going to land shortly in Jamnagar of Gujarat after flying for over six hours from a French airbase earlier today.
The three new aircraft coming from France would take the Indian Rafale fleet to 29 giving India more options to deploy a significant number of these highly capable planes on both the northern borders and eastern frontier.
The Rafale fighters are capable of defeating enemy air defence mechanisms and strike targets in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The Indian Air Force had formally inducted Rafale aircraft into No. 101 Squadron at Air Force Station Hasimara in Eastern Air Command (EAC) on July 28 this year. 101st is the second IAF Squadron to be equipped with Rafale aircraft.
India and France had signed a deal in September 2016 to supply 36 Rafales as part of an emergency order for the Air Force.
The last batch of Rafale aircraft will land next year, which are to be the most capable of the entire lot.
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