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First five Rafale jets land at Ambala Air Force Station

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       The first five Rafale jets landed in Ambala today afternoon. It was a historic moment as they were greeted with water cannon salute at Ambala Air Force base. They were escorted by two Sukhoi MKI supersonic fighters as they entered Indian airspace. After entering Indian Airspace, Indian Rafale contingent was welcomed by establishing radio contact with Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata, deployed in the Western Arabian Sea.  Defence Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has said that the touchdown of Rafale combat aircrafts in India marks the beginning of a new era in the country's military History.  In a series of tweets, Shri Singh said, these multirole aircrafts will revolutionise the capabilities of the Indian Air Force. The Defence Minister congratulated the Indian Air Force on a professionally executed ferry.He expressed confidence that 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows, will continue to live upto their motto of ‘Udayam Ajasram’. Shri Singh expressed happiness that Indian Air Force’s combat capability has got a timely boost. Defence Minister said, the Rafale jets were purchased only because Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi took the right decision to get these aircrafts through an Inter-Governmental Agreement with France, after the long pending procurement case for them could not progress. Singh thanked the PM for his courage and decisiveness. He also thanked the French Government, Dassault Aviation and other French companies for ensuring the timely delivery of the aircraft and its weapons, despite the severe restrictions posed by COVID pandemic. The Defence Minister said, 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.  He said, its arrival in India will make the Indian Air Force much stronger to deter any threat that may be posed on our country. Shri  Singh said, the Rafale jets were purchased when they fully met the operational requirements of the IAF.