New Delhi: The second batch of Rafale jets — the first western combat aircraft to join the fleet 23 years after the Sukhoi aircraft from Russia — has arrived in India, the Air Force tweeted this evening. The jets had covered the 7,000-odd km flying non-stop from France, the IAF posted after the three aircraft landed.
The delivery had started nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 aircraft at a cost of ₹ 59,000 crore.
The induction of all 36 jets will be completed by 2023, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria has said.
The first batch of five jets had arrived in India on July 29. That time, the jets had refueled midair and made a stopover at Al-Dhafra air base in the United Arab Emirates.
Around 3 in the afternoon, they had landed to a special water cannon salute at the Ambala air base.