India welcomes first batch of five Rafale jets, PM tweets in Sanskrit on their happy landing in Ambala

After being welcomed in the Indian air space by Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata, the first batch of five Rafale jets landed at the Ambala Air Force Station just about 200 kilometres from the Pakistan border.

While Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted the video of the historic touchdown of the Rafale jets at Ambala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the jets through a tweet in Sanskrit.

Received by Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, the jets join the ‘Golden Arrow’ squadron.

Welcome home ‘Golden Arrows’. Blue skies always.

Before touching the ground at Ambala air base, the jets conducted a flypast.

The Rafale contingent established contact with Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata in the Western Arabian Sea soon after taking off from the United Arab Emirates. “Welcome to the Indian Ocean… May you touch the sky with glory,” the Naval warship was heard telling a Rafale commander in an audio.

ALSO READ: NewsMobile Explainer: Why will Rafale jets be a game changer for India?

To bolster its air capabilities further, IAF meanwhile has already placed an emergency order for HAMMER (Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range) missiles with France to boost the capabilities of the combat aircraft.

The order for the HAMMER standoff missiles with the capability to take out any types of targets at the range of around 60-70 kms is being processed on priority. Equipping the Rafale jets with HAMMER missiles would give India an edge over both Pakistan and China in terms of air strike capability.

ALSO READ: India to boost Rafale capabilities with HAMMER missiles under emergency order

All the pilots have been trained on the aircraft by the French Dassault Aviation company as per the agreement signed for the biggest-ever defence deal signed by India in 2016 for acquiring 36 Rafale jets worth over Rs 60,000 crore.

Click here for Latest News updates and viral videos on our AI-powered smart news

For viral videos and Latest trends subscribe to NewsMobile YouTube Channel and Follow us on Instagram



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here