New Delhi, Sep 9 – The Indian Air Force will formally include Rafale aircraft in its fleet at Ambala Air Base on 10 September 2020. These aircraft will be part of the Air Force’s 17th Squadron, the “Golden Arrow”. The first batch of five Rafale aircraft arrived at Ambala air base from France on 27 July.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and French Defense Minister Florence Parley will be the chief guests at the event organized on the occasion. Chief Defense Secretary General Bipin Rawat, Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Secretary of Defense Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary of Defense Department and Dr. G. Satish Reddy, President of DRDO along with many senior officers of Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces of India. Will be present on the occasion of this big event to be recorded in the history of the Air Force. On this occasion, the French delegation will be represented by Emmanuel Lenin, Ambassador of France to India, Air Force Chief Eric Autlette, Deputy Chief of the French Air Force and other senior officers. A large delegation of several French defense industry executives including Dassault Aviation President and CEO Eric Trapierre and MBDA Chief Executive Eric Beranger will also be present on the occasion of the event.
French Defense Minister Florence Parley will be given a guard of honor as he arrives in Delhi. The Rafale aircraft will be formally unveiled at the Ambala Naval Base with a traditionally conducted Sarva Dharma Puja. On this occasion, Rafale aircraft will perform aerial tricks which will also include the Sarang aerobatic team along with Tejas aircraft. Subsequently, the Rafale aircraft will be given a traditional cannon salute. The ceremony will conclude with the duly inducted Rafale aircraft into the 17th Squadron of the Air Force. The event will be followed by a bilateral meeting of the Indian and French delegations.