India Formally Starts Operation Of Their Second Rafale Fighter Squadron
As an important step in India’s national security, they are acquiring 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation of France. Last month they officially started the operation of their new Rafale fighter squadron at Hasimara airbase in West Bengal.
Among the 36 fighter jets, 6 will be trainers. So far 26 fighter jets have been delivered by Dassault Aviation and the first squadron of Rafale fighter jets are already operational at the Ambala air force station in Haryana.
Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt Bhatt said that “The delivery of 36 Rafale aircraft is proceeding as per schedule. As on date, a total of 26 aircraft have been accepted and ferried to India.”
Rafale fighter jets belong to the 4.5 generation jets and this multi-role aircraft is well recognised for its superiority and the precision of its strikes. India received 5 Rafale fighter jets in July last year as their first batch of fighter jets.
India acquired Russian Sukhoi fighters as their last major jet import and Rafale is the most recent major fighter jet acquisition of India.
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