Rafale Jets Induction: 5 fighter jets formally join IAF, Rajnath Singh sends veiled message to China, Pakistan

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Updated: September 10, 2020 4:17:52 pm

Rafale news: India inked an inter-governmental deal with France in September 2016 to procure 36 Rafale jets worth Rs 59,000 crore.

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Rafale news: Finally, the wait is over as the first batch of five Rafale fighter jets has formally been inducted to Indian Air Force (IAF) as part of the 17 Squadron at Ambala Air Force Station today. The ceremony is taking place more than a month after the five Rafale fighter jets were flown in by Indian Airforce Pilots from France to India on July 29. These technologically advanced potent fighter jets will now be part of 17 Squadron also known as Golden Arrows. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly are attending the key event. The Air Force has stated that Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria are also “present to mark a very important milestone in the history of the IAF”.

India inked an inter-governmental deal with France in September 2016 to procure 36 Rafale jets worth Rs 59,000 crore. Five jets have arrived and the next batch of the aircraft is likely to arrive in October this year. The last batch will reach by end of 2021. The five jets have been undergoing several processes to become operationalize as early as possible. The pilots and groundcrew underwent comprehensive training on the aircraft. The rigorous training includes highly advanced weapons systems.

Apart from the French Minister of the Armed Forces Parly, the French delegation of France’s ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain, Air General Eric Autellet, Vice Chief of Air Staff of the French Air Force, and chief executive of Dassault Aviation Eric Trappier are attending the event. French company Dassault Aviation manufactures Rafale jets.

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    12:11 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Rajnath Singh presents induction scroll of Rafale fighter jets

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has presented induction scroll of Rafale fighter jets to Group Captain Harkeerat Singh, Commanding Officer, 17 Squadron 'Golden Arrows' of the Indian Air Force.

    12:08 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh presents memento to French Armed Forces Minister

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh presents a memento to French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parley, at the Rafale induction ceremony in Ambala airbase.

    12:08 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: France supports India’s candidacy for UNSC, says French Armed Forces Minister

    France supports India’s candidacy for the UN Security Council, said French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parley.

    12:07 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Today is an achievement for India, France, says French Minister of Armed Forces

    "Today is an achievement for our countries. Together we are writing a new chapter in India-France defence ties. We are fully committed to 'Make in India' initiative, as well as, to the further integration of the Indian manufacturers in our global supply chain," Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly.

    12:05 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: India won't compromise sovereignty, territorial integrity under any circumstances, says Rajnath Singh

    "In my recent foreign trip, I put the point of view of India in front of the world. I also made everyone aware of our resolve to not compromise our sovereignty and territorial integrity under any circumstances. We're committed to doing everything possible towards this," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said.

    12:03 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: IAF took swift, deliberate action near LAC, says Rajnath Singh

    "I would like to congratulate our colleagues of the Indian Air Force today. During the recent unfortunate incident at the border, the swift and deliberate action taken by Indian Air Force near LAC shows your commitment," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said.

    12:02 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: IAF is fully prepared, says Rajnath Singh

    "The speed at which IAF deployed its assets at forward bases creates confidence that our Air Force is fully prepared to fulfil its operational obligations," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said.

    11:46 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Rafale induction is a big, stern message for entire world, says Rajnath Singh

    "Rafale induction is a big and stern message for the entire world, especially to those eyeing our sovereignty. This induction is important considering the kind of atmosphere at our borders or should I say the kind of atmosphere created at our borders," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said.

    11:38 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Induction could not have happened at a more opportune time, says Air Force Chief

    This induction could not have happened at a more opportune time considering the security scenario today, says Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria at Rafale induction ceremony at Ambala

    11:36 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Induction of Rafale into IAF also represents strong ties between India, France, says Rajnath Singh

    "The induction of Rafale into IAF also represents the strong ties between India and France. The strategic ties between our two countries have also strengthened," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during Rafale induction ceremony at Ambala airbase.

    11:32 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: IAF's Sarang Aerobatic Team performs at induction ceremony

    Indian Air Force’s 'Sarang Aerobatic Team' has performed at the Rafale induction ceremony at Ambala airbase

    11:26 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Tejas graces sky during induction ceremony

    Indigenous light combat aircraft Tejas has performed during Rafale induction ceremony, at Ambala airbase

    11:18 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Rafale fighter jets get water canon salute

    Water cannon salute has been given to the five Rafale fighter aircraft at Ambala airbase.

    11:11 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Rafale formally inducted

    Five Rafale jets have formally been inducted to Indian Air Force (IAF) at Ambala airbase today providing a major boost to India's air superiority.

    10:59 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Roar in the sky as Rafale fighter jet flying at low-speed at Ambala

    Rafale fighter aircraft is flying at low-speed during an air display at Indian Air Force base in Ambala

    10:56 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Rafale, Sukhoi, Jaguar aerial show before formal induction

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly are witnessing air display of Rafale fighter aircraft flanked by SU-30 and Jaguar aircraft in arrow formation at Amabala air force station.

    10:43 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Time for aerial show

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parly are set to witnesses Rafale aerial show.

    10:39 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: 'Sarva Dharma Puja' before formal induction

    'Sarva Dharma Puja' is being conducted at the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly and Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria are present.

    10:36 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Traditional water canon salute for Rafale fighter jets

    There will be a traditional water cannon salute for the Rafale fighter jets before French fighter jets being formally inducted to Golden Arrows.

    10:28 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Rafale induction ceremony begins

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly, witness the traditional 'Sarva Dharma Puja' at the Rafale induction ceremony, at Ambala airbase.

    10:24 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: CDS Bipin Rawat, Air Force Chief arrive at Ambala

    Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria have arrived at Indian Air Force Station, Ambala, for the Rafale induction ceremony.

    10:21 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at Amabala

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly have arrived at the Indian Air Force Station, Ambala, for the Rafale induction ceremony

    10:20 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Induction ceremony to begin shortly

    The formal induction of Rafale jets is set to begin shortly.

    10:06 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Ambala Airbase in Haryana is all decked up ahead of Induction ceremony

    Ambala Airbase in Haryana is all decked up as the five Rafale aircraft is said to be formally inducted in 17 Squadron 'Golden Arrows' of the Indian Air Force. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parly to take part in the induction ceremony.

    09:55 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Take a look at Rafale weapon package

    The Weapon Package for Rafale comes from MBDA. MBDA Spokesperson told Financial Express Online, “The Indian Air Force’s Dassault Rafale combat aircraft are not just a fast and agile modern fighter but one that comes armed with a highly potent set of weapons from MBDA that are unrivalled by any of India’s neighbours.” “The most famous of these weapons is the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile, which is widely recognised as a game changer for air combat. The Meteor is powered by a unique rocket ramjet motor that gives Meteor far more engine power, for much longer than any other missile. This means it can fly faster, fly longer, and manoeuvre more than any other missile – giving Meteor the ability to chase down and destroy agile hostile fighters at even the furthers of ranges. As a result, Meteor has a no-escape zone many times greater than any other air-to-air missile.”

    India’s Rafales will also be equipped with the SCALP deep-strike cruise missile from MBDA. This stealthy weapon has proven repeatedly in combat its unerring ability to strike hardened and protected targets deep inside hostile territory – without the need for the Rafale to enter hostile airspace. “The IAF’s Rafales will also be equipped with MICA, a missile the Indian Air Force knows very well as it is also part of the upgrade package for the IAF’s Mirage 2000 aircraft. And is the only missile in the world featuring two interoperable seekers (active radar and imaging infrared). This covers the spectrum from close-in dogfight to long beyond visual range. It also has the capability to fly out to BVR in passive mode, and has the nickname “silent killer”, ” the company spokesperson added.

    09:51 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Rafale induction signals a new milestone for IAF

    "Given the current heat in the borders with China, rapid operationalisation of 17 San is of vital importance. The squadron should have it's full complement of aircraft by early 2021. All 36 aircraft will be inducted by end 2021. Rafale induction signals a new milestone for the IAF in terms of operational capability and technology transformation," says Air Marshal M Matheswaran, (retd), Chairman and President, The Peninsula Foundation, Chennai.

    09:47 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Minister of the Armed Forces of France receives cereonial Guard of Honour

    Earlier, Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly receives a ceremonial Guard of Honour on her arrival at Delhi. She will attend the Rafale induction ceremony at Ambala.

    09:40 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Power of Rafale fighter jets

    "On 27 Feb 2019, PAF retaliated to the Balakot strike audaciously with their F-16s in broad daylight. Though our Sukhois, MiG-29s and Mirages held them at bay, they weren’t able to threaten the F-16s effectively, since the Falcons were armed with the AIM 120C5 Air-Air missile, the equivalent range of which the IAF fighters didn’t possess. Today, with the Rafale armed with the Meteor (far superior to the AIM 120C5) and Scalp, the PAF Falcons wouldn’t even dare to come close to their own border much less intrude across. And that is why it is a game changer," Group Captain Badhrish Narasimha Athreya (Retd) said.

    09:38 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Rajnath Singh Leaves for Ambala

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Florence Parly, Minister of Armed Forces of France, leave for Ambala to take part in Rafale induction ceremony from Delhi.

    09:34 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Rafale induction ceremony timing

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday tweeted saying, "At 10.00 AM tomorrow, #Rafale aircraft will be formally inducted into at the Air Force Station in Ambala. The aircraft will be part of 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”. The Rafale jets are India's first major acquisition of fighter planes in more than two decades."

    09:31 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Why does Rafale provide India edge over Pakistan, China?

    In the Air-Air arsenal it carries the METEOR Radar guided missile which has a 100+ Km range and a NEZ of 70 kms+ due to its unique design. It also carries the shorter range (70 Kms+) MICA, which can be both a radar and IR guided version. There is no equivalent range or capability proven array of weapons in either the Pakistani or the Chinese arsenal today.

    09:27 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: 14 hard points that make Rafale jets most potent

    The Rafale has 14 hardpoints on which it can carry a payload in excess of 9 tonnes. This is exponentially higher than the 4 tonne load that most of today’s equivalent fighters are capable of. And these can be a mix of the SCALP / STORM SHADOW CRUISE MISSILE which is an advanced air to ground missile with a range in excess of 300 Km, the shorter range (70 Kms+) HAMMER Air-Ground Smart weapon or a variety of Laser Guided, GPS guided bombs. With the SCALP, one could fire it from over Srinagar and not just hit Islamabad (170 Kms away) but even further upto Peshawar (300 Kms away) while being safe well within our own territory. 

    09:25 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Why Rafale is a multi-role fighter jet?

    Rafale jets are equipped with 4.5 generation capability. The 4.5 generation fighter jets focus on Stealth (ability to hide its presence to enemy radar and infra-red sensors) and Super Cruise(ability to go supersonic for sustained time without afterburning which uses excess amounts of fuel). The Rafale is exceptionally maneuverable, has very powerful engines capable of super cruise and though not stealth, is fairly low on its radar signature (RCS).

    09:20 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Why the french fighter jet holds the key?

    There was an explosion of information, discussion and debates galore on the news channels and social media on and before 31 July this year as the Rafales set course from Merignac in France to their home in Ambala. It was all about the aircraft itself, its much vaunted 4.5 generation capability, its weapons and how it would be a game changer. There was a live coverage of events the whole day right from the time that they took off from the UAE till the time they reached Ambala. Come September 10th and the Rafale will be inducted into the IAF formally. Read More 

    09:19 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Exclusive details of Induction ceremony at Ambala

    The five fighter jets Indian Air Force (IAF) received in July are formally going to be inducted in the service on Sept 10, 2020. These aircraft will be part of 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’, based at the Air Force Station Ambala. For more details

    09:15 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Amid India-China stand off, French Defence Minister is in New Delhi

    Itinerary of French Defence Minister -

    1. Guard of honour at PALAM

    2. Rafale ceremony in Ambala- 10.30- 12 noon

    3. Bilateral meeting of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Defence Minister Florance Parly - 12 noon - 1.15.

    4. French Defence Minister at National war memorial- 3.15 pm

    5. French Defence Minister Florance Parly is also likely to meet NSA Ajit Doval.

    09:10 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Events at Rafale induction ceremony

    Rafale jets induction ceremony at Ambala Air Force station will have several key events. There will be a ceremonial unveiling of Rafale aircraft, customary 'Sarva Dharma Puja’. Rafale and Tejas aircraft as well as by ‘Sarang Aerobatic Team’ will be in action for air display. There will be a traditional water cannon salute for the Rafale fighter jets. Finally, there will be ceremonial induction of Rafale to Golden Arrows.

    09:01 (IST)10 Sep 2020
    Rafale news Live: Why timing of this induction ceremony is important?

    Air Marshal Anil Chopra (retd) says, "As the war clouds hover in Ladakh, Indian Air Force has quickly operationalised the first five Rafale that arrived on 29 July 2020. Five more are expected in October. Ambala airbase is nearly 200 km from India’s Western and northern border. The second base at Hashimara will be near the critical Sikkim Bhutan and Arunachal borders with China. Rafale is a fourth-generation plus aircraft and a great weapon platform."

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