Rafale: Game-changing fighter jets for India’s air defence

India’s air-defence preparedness and firepower are all set to undergo a massive upgrade with the induction of the Rafale fighter jets. On July 27, the first batch of five planes will be flying in directly from Istres in France to Ambala in India — where the squadron will be based. The first set of five planes will be inducted at Air Force Station Ambala on July 29. While the delivery of the first batch of planes has been delayed by about nine months, according to sources in India’s Defence Ministry, every effort is now being made to speed up the process. In the coming months, two to three planes are expected to join the base in Ambala every month and the entire order book of 36 of these advanced fighter jets is scheduled to complete the squadron — which will be called Golden Arrows – by early 2022.

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