Rafale formally inducted in the IAF; Aircraft to be part of 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”

A large delegation of senior functionaries of French Defence Industries which includes Eric Trappier Chairman and Chief Executive of Dassault Aviation and Eric Beranger, CEO, MBDA will be present during the ceremony.

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New Delhi : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly is the Chief Guest for the Rafale induction ceremony at Air Force Station in Ambala.

This will be Parly’s third official visit to India since 2017.

Rafale has been formally inducted in the IAF, the Rafale fighter aircraft will be part of 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows.” The first five Indian Air Force Rafale aircraft arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala from France on July 27, 2020.

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Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly, witness the traditional ‘Sarva Dharma Puja’ at the Rafale induction ceremony, at Ambala airbase

‘Sarva Dharma Puja’ conducted at the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Florence Parly, Minister of Armed Forces of France, leave for Ambala to take part in Rafale induction ceremony

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO along with other senior officers of the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces were also present to mark a very important milestone in the history of the IAF.

The French delegation will be represented by Emmanuel Lenain Ambassador of France to India, Air General Eric Autellet, Vice Chief of the Air Staff of the French Air Force and other senior officials.

A large delegation of senior functionaries of French Defence Industries which includes Eric Trappier Chairman and Chief Executive of Dassault Aviation and Eric Beranger, CEO, MBDA will be present during the ceremony.

After the ceremonial events, the Indian and French delegation will have a bilateral meeting.

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