India expecting arrival of first 5 Rafale fighter jets this month

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is expecting the arrival of its first five Dassault Rafale fighter jets by end of July.

“The aircraft will be inducted at Air Force Station Ambala on 29 July subject to weather. No media coverage is planned on arrival,” IAF said in a statement.

“The final induction ceremony will take place in second half of August 20 wherein full media coverage would be planned,” it added.

IAF said that “aircrew and ground crew have undergone comprehensive training on the aircraft, including its highly advanced weapons systems and are fully operational now.”

“Post arrival, efforts will focus on operationalisation of the aircraft at the earliest,” IAF said.