Five Rafale jets, the first of the total 36 contracted by India, land at Ambala airbase today. Netizens are elated and full of pride at the moment.

The Rafale fighter jets touched down at Ambala airbase amidst tight security and heightened emotions of proud Indians. Section 144 has been imposed in Ambala along with a ban on photography of any assets at the air force station by the district administration.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh described the touch down of Rafale combat aircraft in India “the beginning of a new era in our Military History. These multirole aircraft will revolutionise the capabilities of the @IAF_MCC”.

The set of 5 Rafales started their 7,000 km flight home from Mérignac in France on Monday. The fighter jets were refuelled mid-air by the Air Force in France before it landed at the Al Dhafra airbase near Abu Dhabi, a brief stopover before taking off for Ambala early on Wednesday. They were welcomed with heart and smiles by the Navy’s warship INS Kolkata deployed in the Arabian Sea as it flew over the Indian Ocean.

IAF chief RKS Bhaduria received the Rafales and the team of pilots led by Group Captain Harkirat Singh, the commanding officer of the No 17 Squadron, also known as the “Golden Arrows”.

We can see netizens are so proud at the moment:

 

 

 

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Creative thinker, writer and an orator, Chayanika Roy is a passionate journalist in making who loves to explore new opportunities, meeting new people and undertaking dynamic challenges. As an enthusiastic traveler, she enjoys capturing the beauty and culture of the places she visits. She has endeavoured in various fields including- content writing, photography, screenplay writing and social media. Writing for a national publication and working with organizations has given Chayanika a better sense of the creative field where she is stepping in.