Dassault Rafale Makes an Entry into Indian Air Force

Dassault Rafale

Finally, the wait is over. Perceived as a landmark within the transformation of the Indian Air Force, the Rafale jets have arrived. After a gap of 23 years, this will be the IAF’s first induction from outside the country, into its truly bewildering inventory of jets. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed his pride through multiple tweets with one saying that this will be the ‘beginning of a new era’ in the history of the Indian Military.

Rafale Landed at Ambala Air Force Base

The 5 Rafale aircraft, steered by IAF pilots, began their journey on Monday from Bordeaux, France, and flew 7000 km nonstop for a commendable 7 hours with mid-air refueling. After a brief halt at Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra airbase, the fighter jets touched down at Ambala, Haryana earlier today. With Section 144 in place, the people of Ambala Cantonment were restricted from gathering in large groups or on rooftops to maintain security.

Dassault Rafale
Rafale aircraft lands in India on Wednesday. (Source: @DefenceMinIndia Twitter)

Welcome Rafale to India

The IAF has been planning to update its inventory for a long, and this batch of Rafale fighter aircraft is being excitedly welcomed by Indians all over. Since the Indo-Chinese tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) haven’t yet eased at Eastern Ladakh, the Rafale fighters will simultaneously boost the armament resources as well as the morale of our forces.

Manohar Parikkar Rafale Deal

India's Former Defense Minister Manohar Parikkar
The Union Minister for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar, and therefore the French Defence Minister, Mr. Jean-Yves le Drian, signed the intergovernmental agreement on Rafale, in New Delhi on September 23, 2016.
As the first batch arrives today, we remember the man behind the Rafale deal – none other than the pragmatic Manohar Parikkar, India’s former Defence Minister. In October 2016, he signed a deal with France for 36 Rafale jets, with delivery slated to be completed by 2022.

How Many Rafale Jets Does India has Currently

Capture of the Birds have entering the Indian airspace. (Source: @DefenceMinIndia Twitter)
Capture of the Birds entering the Indian airspace. (Source: @DefenceMinIndia Twitter)

Out of the 5 fighters that have arrived in India, 3 are single-seater aircraft, and 2 are twin-seater aircraft. An additional 5 Rafale jets have been retained in France to complete their training missions. India has been assured that the remaining are expected to be delivered on schedule by 2022. 

Dassault Rafale Vs. Chengdu J-20

When it comes to the engine, weapon load, missile power, and battle experience, experts say Dassault’s Rafale is a cut above China’s J20. The Rafale’s weapon system capabilities are far superior to the J20 and can carry loads that are 1.5 times its own weight. The most striking difference is the Rafale’s Omni-role allowing it to go on multiple missions in a single sortie.

Dassault Rafale Vs. Chengdu J-20

A formal ceremony in mid-August will see the induction of the Rafale jets into ‘Golden Arrows’ the No. 17 squadron. But it will likely be weathered to Indian conditions for a while before they can be launched into battle.

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Vishal nanil July 29, 2020 at 11:11 pm

that’s great news for Indian defence and probably coming at the right time 👏🏻

aarti madhwani July 29, 2020 at 11:12 pm


Deepak July 29, 2020 at 11:13 pm

Nice article.

Mehul Parmar July 29, 2020 at 11:26 pm

Kya Baat He…!! 😎😎

Jaikishan Bherwani July 29, 2020 at 11:33 pm

Saying goes well with today’s event of induction of Rafale fighter jet into Indian Air force, “If you want peace, be prepared for war”. Much needed technology will give upper hand to India over notorious neighbours.

Sonia July 30, 2020 at 7:37 am

Ireally very interesting ….

Sandip Neve July 30, 2020 at 9:34 am

Very nicely worded and crisp information included in the article. It was an excitement filled write-up.
Kudos to you Mr. Ajay
Keep writing. Waiting for next article

Prashant Neve July 30, 2020 at 9:35 am

Congratulations IAF

Dhawal July 30, 2020 at 9:44 am

very nice and crisp information.. big kudos to Ajay bhai

Vikrant Pal July 30, 2020 at 10:07 am

Very nice article 👍 for Ajay sir
Jai Hind

Roopesh Bhargava July 30, 2020 at 4:51 pm

Well compiled Ajay. IAF 17 Squadron is an elite Squadron. This will be a fantastic match with Ace pilots. This is a wonderful addition to IAF. Long live IAF . Jai Hind🇮🇳


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