The much-awaited Rafale aircraft that finally arrived in India last month will be formally inducted into the Indian Air Force on September 10 by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The ceremony, which will be held at the Ambala airbase in Haryana, and is likely to see the participation of French Defence Minister Florence Parly.
News agency ANI quoted defence sources saying that the 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.
“The Rafale aircraft induction ceremony would be held on September 10 with the Defence Minister as the Chief Guest. The French Defence Minister is also being sent an invite to attend the event to mark the strategic friendship between India and France,” the sources said
Five Rafale fighter aircraft arrived in India from France on July 29 and have started extensive training within 24 hours of touching down in the country. The French-origin fighter aircraft are part of the 17 Golden Arrows squadron of the Air Force.