The Rafale fighter plane purchased from France was duly inducted into the Indian Army on Thursday. For this, an event was organized at Ambala Air Base, in which Defense Minister of India Rajnath Singh, besides Defense Minister of France Florence Parley, CDS General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadoria along with Indian Air Force and Ministry of Defense Several senior officials were present.
The program traditionally consisted of Sarvadharma prayer. In this prayer meeting, Pandit, Maulvi, Granthi, and Pastor collectively prayed for the successful future of Rafale. Let us tell you that the first consignment of five Rafale planes reached Ambala airbase from France on 29 July, almost four years after the agreement between India and France to purchase 36 fighter jets at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore. French aviation company Dasa Aviation manufactures these aircraft. So far 10 Rafale aircraft have been supplied to India. These Rafale aircraft have become part of the 17th Squadron ‘Golden Arrow’ of the Air Force.
Dassault Rafale Fighter Aircraft Inducted in the 17th Squadron ‘Golden Arrow’ of the Air Force After Air Gun Salute
Ambala airbase has been fully decorated and the dignitaries present on this occasion saw the spectacular aerial tricks of the Rafale and Tejas aircraft. At the start of the show, the entire squadron gave a ‘Guard of Honor’ standing in a queue. A water gun salute was given to Rafale and after the prayer meeting, the commanding officer of the unit was given the symbol key of Rafale, after which souvenirs were exchanged.
At the time of landing, when Rafale was transported through fire tenders, water canon was carried on both sides, which was formed on sight. With this, this wonderful fighter aircraft joined the Indian Air Force. Fire tenders were stationed on the taxi track to lead the fighter aircraft. Finally, a ceremony is going on after the induction fly-past. The squadron has made tremendous preparations for this. An exhibition of all the new equipment and weapons of the Air Force fleet was also organized with Rafale, which was seen by all the guests.
There has been a lot of controversy over the purchase of Rafale. The opposition, including the Congress, has raised a lot of questions on the price of its purchase and the Modi government’s decision to link Anil Ambani to the deal. However, Congress has also been praised for the characteristics of this fighter aircraft. This is evident from the fact that the deal for the purchase of Rafale was done only during the Manmohan Singh-led Congress government. Remember, this same controversy also happened during the purchase of Bofors during Rajiv Gandhi’s PM era. By the way, later in the Kargil War, the Bofors cannon had turned the dice and India won.