Successful landing of 5 Rafale jets in Ambala, Welcome with water gun salute
French fighter Jet Rafael of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has made a successful landing at Ambala Airforce Station in Haryana. On Monday, Rafael took off from France’s Mérenique airbase. The Rafael was given a water gun salute. Rafael was welcomed by IAF Chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. Rafael officially became part of the IAF on 29 July.
Great emotional moment for pilots
Rafael Jet was given a water gun salute in Ambala. IAF sources said that the five pilots who flew Rafael were highly emotional and had smiles on their faces. After landing, he met the IAF Chief and accepted his congratulations. The first batch of five Rafale jets reached Ambala covering a distance of 7,000 km. During this time, its stop was the UAE’s Al Dafra Airbase from where the US and French forces operate. Experts are of the view that the strength of the IAF has increased manifold in the field with the arrival of Rafale.
The Touchdown of Rafale at Ambala. pic.twitter.com/e3OFQa1bZY— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 29, 2020
One Rafale worth about 700 crores
In April 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi went on his first visit to France. The deal of 36 Rafale jets was finalized here. The deal is said to be worth about 59,000 crores. In November 2016, the then Minister of State for Defense Subhash Bhamre informed the Lok Sabha that the cost of a Rafale aircraft under the Inter-Government Agreement (IGA) is around Rs 670 crore. The Rafale, French company Dassault prepared for the IAF has been equipped with weapons and other systems. Rafale jets do not yet hold any country’s military in South Asia. With its arrival, the Indian Air Force has become more vigorous than China and Pakistan.
Group captain Harkirat Singh’s jet leads
Rafale in Ambala will be part of the same squadron number 17 of the IAF which played an important role in Kargil’s war. This squadron is also known as Golden Arrow. This crew of five Rafaels was led by group captain Harkirat Singh. He is a respected IAF officer and Shaurya Chakra winner. Group Captain Harkirat is currently the Commanding Officer (CO) of the number 17 squadron. Group Captain Harkirat Singh visited France with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in October last year. They have been awarded the Shaurya Chakra in 2009 to protect the MiG-21 from a dangerous crash.
60,000 ft elevation in one minute
Rafael is capable of flying with a weight of around 26 tons (26 thousand kg) at a time. The jet can strike anywhere within a range of 3,700 kilometres. Apart from this, it can fly to a maximum altitude of 36,000 to 60,000 feet and can reach it in just one minute. Once the tank is full it can remain in the air continuously for 10 hours. Rafael can be used to attack in both air to ground and air to air. The gun on Rafale can fire 125 in a minute. It can be used to estimate long-distance danger in every season.