Fleet of five Rafale jets enter Indian Airspace, makes safe landing at Ambala

MUMBAI: The first batch of five Rafale fighters has landed at the Ambala airbase. The fighter jets earlier entered the Indian airspace at about 1.30 pm and were greeted by an Indian Navy Warship, INS Kolkata, deployed in the western Arabian Sea.

The Rafales reached Ambala, their home base, at around 3.10 pm. They will officially be inducted into the Gloden Arrows No 17 squadron of the IAF. The defence ministry has tweeted saying that the five Rafale jets have entered Indian airspace and are being escorted by two Su-30MKIs.

Section 144 has been imposed in Haryana's Ambala ahead of the arrival of the much-awaited jets, even as Jodhpur has been kept on standby in case weather conditions in Ambala worsen.

The first squadron of the Rafale jets will be stationed at the Ambala airbase. The five Rafales are scheduled to be inducted into the IAF on Wednesday, though a formal induction ceremony would be held later. No 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows, has been resurrected at the Ambala base to operate the Rafale aircraft. The resurrection ceremony in September 2019 was presided over by then Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who had commanded the 17 Squadron during the Kargil conflict in 1999.

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