IAF formally inducts Rafale Aircrafts into Golden Arrows at Ambala Airbase
September 10: The Indian Air Force formally inducts Rafale aircraft today at 10 am into the 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ at the Air Force Station in Ambala. The event was also attended by the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO along with other senior officers.
Florence Parly, Minister of the French Armed Forces along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were the chief guests of the event. Party also received a guard of honour upon her arrival at Delhi. Emmanuel Lenain, French ambassador to India and Eric Autellet, France’s air general are also to participate in the induction ceremony.
The ceremonial unveiling of the aircraft, accompanied by the traditional ‘Sarva Dharma Puja’ was held and witnessed by the chief guests. The Rafale and Tejas aircraft will also participate in an Air Display following which the Rafale aircraft will receive a water cannon salute.
The first five Rafale aircraft of the IAF arrived in Ambala on July 27; the aircrafts had been the talk of the nation and had the nation abuzz with pride and joy.
Following the ceremony, the Indian and French delegation is also scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting.