3 French Rafale fighter jets will come to India with non-stop flight. The fighter jets have already planned to arrive on 4 November from Istres, France. An IAF official said that, “3 Dassault Rafale fighter planes will fly straight forwardly from Istres, France to Jamnagar, an eight-hour continuously direct flight. The source said. They will be joined by FAF based midair refueling airplane. They will supply the fuel to the three Rafale jets.”
“The Rafale jets will increase the strong capability of the Indian Air Force. We expect that 3 or 4 Rafale jets will be shipped in every two months. Those fighter jets will become a part of advanced 17th squadron of Golden Arrows.”, said by IAF officials two and a half weeks ago.
A 17th squadron of Golden Arrows captain Harkirat Singh including four IAF pilots was flown from Merignac airbase in France with the 5 three single seat jets and two twin-seater jets. In France, The Indian Embassy had already said in an explanation that conveyance of every one of the 36 Rafale fighter jets would be finished according to plan by 2021 year end. The second squadron of the Rafale fighter jets will be deployed at Hasimara air force station in West Bengal.
Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria said that, “In the following upcoming 3 years, we will definitely see the LCA MK1 fighter jet and Rafale fighter jet squadron working with original capacity, alongside extra MiG 29 fighter jets and Sukhoi-30MK, that are being requested notwithstanding the current fleets”.