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Rafale jets induction Highlights: Rafale induction important given the situation at our borders, says Rajnath

Rafale Jets Induction Ceremony, Indian Air Force (IAF) Highlights: The ceremony at Ambala Air Force Station was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 10, 2020 1:56:42 pm
An Indian Air Force officer wearing a protective face mask at the Ambala Air Force Station before the induction ceremony of the five Rafale jets on September 10, 2020. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Rafale Jets Induction Ceremony Highlights: The first five Rafale fighter jets that arrived on July 29 were formally inducted as part of the 17 Squadron, nicknamed Golden Arrows, at Ambala Air Force Station on Thursday.

Speaking at the ceremony, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the induction of the five Rafale fighter jets are important given the kind of situation that has been created on the country’s borders in recent days. “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,” he added.

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The ceremony at Ambala Air Force Station included a ceremonial unveiling of the Rafale aircraft, a traditional ‘Sarva Dharma Puja’, Air Display by Rafale and Tejas aircraft as well as by ‘Sarang Aerobatic Team’. It was followed by the traditional water cannon salute for the fighter jets. The proceedings culminated the ceremonial induction of Rafale to Golden Arrows.

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Rafale induction LIVE updates: The first five Rafale jets formally inducted today; Rajnath Singh says induction important given the current situation at borders. Follow latest updates here

12:49 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Rajnath holds brief conversation with French defence minister

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a brief conversation with his French counterpart Florence Parly here on Thursday on ways to further boost bilateral defence cooperation. The talks took place at Palam Air Force station soon after Parly arrived on a day-long visit to participate in a ceremony in Ambala to mark formal induction of the first batch of Rafale aircraft into the Indian Air Force. The French defence minister was also given a ceremonial guard of honour at the airport. (PTI)

12:45 (IST)10 Sep 2020
In Pics | The new Golden Arrows: Five Rafale jets inducted into 17 Squadron
12:42 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Five Rafale jets formally inducted into IAF in boost to India's air power

Five Rafale fighter jets were formally inducted into the Indian Air Force on Thursday at a glittering ceremony in the Ambala air base, in a major boost to India's air power capability at a time the country is engaged in a tense border row with China in eastern Ladakh. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart Florence Parly, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria were among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony. In a tweet, the IAF welcomed the "new bird" into its arsenal. (PTI)

12:17 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Rajnath Singh presents induction scroll of Rafale fighter jets to Group Captain

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

11:56 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Today, we are writing a new chapter in India-France defence ties: Florence Parly

"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," says Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly.

11:52 (IST)10 Sep 2020
The swift and deliberate action by IAF after the recent incident along the border shows commitment: Rajnath

"I would like to congratulate our colleagues of Indian Air Force today. During the recent unfortunate incident at the border, the swift and deliberate action taken by IAF near LAC shows your commitment. The speed at which IAF deployed its assets at forward bases shows the confidence that our Air Force is fully prepared to fulfil its operational obligations," said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Rafale fighter jets induction ceremony at the Ambala Air Force Station on Thursday.

11:48 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Rafale induction important given the situation at our borders: Rajnath

Speaking at the ceremony, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the induction of the five Rafale fighter jets are important given the kind of situation that has been created on the country’s borders in recent days. “Induction of Rafale is important given the kind of situation that has been created on our borders in recent days," he said.

11:34 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Induction of Rafale represents strong ties between India, France: 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," says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Ambala airbase.

11:32 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Rafale jets get a water salute during its induction

Rafale jets get a water salute during its induction into the India Air force at the ceremony at Ambala in Haryana on Thursday.

11:18 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Tejas aircraft performs during Rafale induction ceremony

Watch: Indigenous light combat aircraft Tejas performs during Rafale induction ceremony, at Ambala airbase

11:16 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Watch: Water cannon salute given to the five Rafale fighter aircraft at Ambala airbase

The Rafale jets were given a water cannon salute at the Ambala air force station. Watch the video:

10:56 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Rajnath Singh, Florence Parly witness air display of Rafale fighter aircraft

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

10:32 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Sarva Dharma Puja conducted before induction

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.

10:19 (IST)10 Sep 2020
People gear up to witness the induction of the five Rafale jets in Ambala

09:54 (IST)10 Sep 2020
IAF officers gear up for the induction process

Indian Air Force officers wearing protective face masks stand in front of a picture of a Rafale fighter jet during its induction ceremony at an air force station in Ambala, India, September 10, 2020. (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi)

09:36 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Rafale: The new and the old

Photo: Twitter/Man Aman Singh Chinna

09:31 (IST)10 Sep 2020
A salvaged Spitfire on display at Air Force Station Ambala

Photo: Twitter/Man Aman Singh Chinna

09:26 (IST)10 Sep 2020
French delegates arrive in Ambala

A C-130 aircraft with French delegates oboard arrived at Ambala Air Force Station.

09:24 (IST)10 Sep 2020
A look at the past glorious years at Ambala Air Force station

More than a month after the first five Rafale fighter jets arrived in India on July 29, they will be formally inducted as part of the 17 Squadron, nicknamed Golden Arrows, on Thursday. Here's a look at the glorious years at the Ambala Air Force station.

09:21 (IST)10 Sep 2020
Rajnath Singh meets French Minister

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets Florence Parly, Minister of Armed Forces of France, at Palam Air Force Station before leaving for Ambala: Defence Minister's Office

The crew of the first batch of Rafale aircraft prepare to take off from Merignac. (PTI)

Rafale induction Highlights

The ceremony will be attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria will also be present.

The defence ministers will hold bilateral discussions after the induction ceremony. Parly is also scheduled to meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

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The “broad-ranging talks will cover, among others, industrial and technological partnership in line with the Make in India programme; operational defence cooperation, particularly maritime security in the Indo-Pacific; modalities of continuing the armed forces’ joint exercises in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic; counter-terrorism cooperation; as well as major regional and international strategic issues”, the French embassy stated.

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