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 Touchdown of Rafale at Ambala. pic.twitter.com/e3OFQa1bZY— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 29, 2020
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:
5 Rafale Jets take off from France to join #IAF.— अघोरी 🚩 (@BhagwaDhari03) July 29, 2020
The man behind getting this deal into a reality is none other than our Late @manoharparrikar ji. Ex Defense Minister & Ex Chief Minister of Goa.#RafaleJets #RafaleJet#RafaleInIndia 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/hlJbbDo52y
Pdharo mhare desh— Dhruvil Gajjar (@meggi_07) July 29, 2020
Welcome to India #Rafales
5 birds being guarded by 2 Russian beauties #Su30mki
Proud owner of the new #Rafale being a taxpayer of the nation.#IndianAirForce #India #RafaleInIndia#Rafale #AmbalaAirbase #Ambala #RafaleJets #RafaleFighterAircraft #RafalePower pic.twitter.com/rAPMt7mnQY
#Rafale is the 1st fighter jet of India which has induced fear in external as well as internal enemy. 🇮🇳— Surya kant Shukla (@suryakantshukl) July 28, 2020
I'm seeing this fear on social media very clearly.
Thank you @narendramodi jee.🙏
We needed this kind of fear from a long time.#RafaleJets #RafaleInIndia#ModiHaitoMumkinHai pic.twitter.com/wKWCmogp70
You say Rafale, I hear Manohar Parrikar!!— Prince Tomar (@PrinceT09846582) July 28, 2020
He was the main force behind upgrading Rafale from what Congress initially agreed on, fixing Meteor missile was one of those. As a tribute to him, I'd request name the first plane arriving tomorrow as "Manohar Shakti".#RafaleInIndia pic.twitter.com/DmgW9mOHmB
Welcome #Rafales, a proud moment for the nation.— Tanmay Srivastava (@tanmayrajshrey) July 29, 2020
They'll soon be inducted into the IAF as a part of its No. 17 squadron, "The Golden Arrows". @IAF_MCC more power to you!#RafaleInIndia pic.twitter.com/2dzpPaWU3c
When you speak of #Rafale. Don't forget this man. Respect sir 🙏. You've done a greater good for the generations to come.— Arun Ramesh 🇮🇳 (@arun10venkat) July 29, 2020
And thanks PM @narendramodi ji@rajnathsingh @IAF_MCC @adgpi @indiannavy #Ambala #RafaleinIndia #IAF #PMModi #RajnathSingh #RKSBhaduria pic.twitter.com/YaAZAgHs3b