Rafale aircraft formally inducted into Indian Air Force today
The first batch of five Rafale aircraft was today formally inducted into Indian Air Force at a special function held at Air Force Station, Ambala.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly, witnessed the traditional Sarva Dharma Puja conducted at the Rafale induction ceremony.
Mr Singh and his French Counterpart also witnessed the air display of Rafale fighter aircraft flanked by SU-30 and Jaguar aircraft in arrow formation.
An air show was held by daredevils of Air Force by flying the indigenous aircrafts Tejas while Sarang Helicopter Aerobatic team also participated in the airshow.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria are also present on the occasion.
These aircraft will be part of 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows.
The first five Rafale aircraft had arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala from France on 27th of July this year.
Water cannon salute was given to the Rafale fighter aircraft at the airbase.