The first batch of Rafale fighter jets that took off from France on Monday lands at the Ambala airbase.
Rafale is an extremely experienced aircraft, used widely in war missions in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. The J20 has no such experience. Last-minute additions to Rafale, including HAMMER, meteor, MICA and scalp missiles give it dominance over skies and superiority over the J20.
India's new multirole foreign fighter aircraft will join its Air Force fleet today in Ambala.
The fighter jets were flagged off by the Indian Ambassador to France from an airbase in Merignac, France where he interacted with the India crew flying it to India. The five aircraft flying to India include seven Indian pilots with the commanding officer of the 17 Golden Arrows squadron.
Indian Rafale contingent establishes contact with Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata deployed in Western Arabian Sea.
The police officers also made announcements and informed the local residents to not gather on roofs and engage in photography between 10 am and 05 pm on Wednesday.
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The Ambala deputy commissioner said shooting of videos or taking photographs of the boundary wall of the air base and its adjoining areas will remain strictly prohibited during the imposition of the prohibitory orders.
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As per the government's protocol, every passenger who will travel from other countries to India need to go to seven-day quarantine.