New Delhi: In the midst of the border row with China, the first five-aircraft squadron of the much-awaited Rafale jets are all set to fly out of France on Monday to join the expanding Air Force fleet in Ambala, Haryana, by Wednesday morning.
The jet planes will be refuelled by French Air Force tanker aircraft on their way to an airbase in the UAE on Tuesday before leaving for India, the Indian Embassy said today.
The first batch of Rafale jets also includes Trainer RB-003, in which ‘RB’ for Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, the Chief of Air Staff.
With the induction of the mega fleet, the Indian Air Force plans to integrate it with new generation air-to-ground missile systems having a strike range of up to 60 KM.
Notably, the Rafale aircraft is capable of carrying a range of potent weapons, including mainstays like the European missile maker MBDA’s Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile, Scalp cruise missile and MICA weapons system.