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Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Ambala gets ready to host Rafale jets

Ambala, July 27

Ambala is getting ready to receive first batch of five Indian Air Force (IAF) Rafale fighter jets, which took off from Dassault Aviation Facility, Merignac, France, on Monday morning.

No. 17 Squadron, the "Golden Arrows", has been raised at the IAF base in Ambala Cantonment to equip Rafale aircraft on Wednesday, a senior functionary of the Ministry of Defence said here.

She said the first five IAF Rafales, arriving here, include three single-seater and two twin-seater aircrafts.

The functionary disclosed that ferry of the aircraft was planned in two stages and will be undertaken by the pilots of the IAF, who have undergone comprehensive training on the aircraft.

The air-to-air refuelling planned during the first leg of the ferry will be undertaken by these pilots with dedicated tanker support from the French Air Force.

"The aircraft are likely to arrive at the Air Force Station in Ambala on Wednesday subject to weather. No. 17 Squadron, the "Golden Arrows", is being raised at the base equipped with Rafale aircraft," she added. — TNS

from The Tribune

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