Watch: Rafale jet landing on Indian soil
Ambala : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday shared a dramatic video of first of five Rafale jet landing on the Indian soil in Ambala air base, after covering a distance of nearly 7,000 km to join the Indian Air Force.
The fleet of five Rafales, which consist of three single-seater and two twin-seater jets, will be part of the IAF's No 17 squadron, which is also known as the "Golden Arrows".
In the video, first we seen a small runway with heavy sound of Rafale in background, then the plane appears and lands on the runway successfully.
"This aircraft has very good flying performance and its weapons, radar and other sensors and electronic warfare capabilities are amongst the best in the world," Rajnath Singh tweeted shortly before the planes landed.
"Its arrival in India will make the IAF much stronger to deter any threat that may be posed to our country," he added.
This was the first batch of 36 Rafale jets which landed in India. Delivery officially started in October last year when the first Rafale jet was handed over to the IAF during a visit to France by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The planes stayed in France for training of the pilots and mechanics. The entire contingent is to be delivered by 2022.