New Delhi: The first five Rafale aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) took off from Dassault Aviation Facility in Merignac, France on Monday morning. These include three single-seater and two twin-seater aircraft, according to a Defence Ministry release.
The ferry of the aircraft is planned in two stages and will be undertaken by IAF pilots, who have undergone comprehensive training on the aircraft.
The aircraft are likely to arrive at the Air Force Station in Ambala on July 29, subject to weather conditions. No. 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”, is being raised at this base equipped with Rafale aircraft, the release added.