Ambala/New Delhi: On the touch down of Rafale combat aircraft in India on Wednesday 29 July, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that this marks the beginning of a new era in our Military History.
These multirole aircrafts will revolutionise the capabilities of the IAF, Singh added.
Congratulating the IAF on a professionally executed ferry, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “I am sure that 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows, will continue to live upto their motto of “Udayam Ajasram”. I am extremely happy that IAF’s combat capability has got a timely boost”.
This aircraft has very good flying performance and its weapons, radar and other sensors and Electronic Warfare capabilities are amongst the best in the world. Its arrival in India will make the IAF much stronger to deter any threat that may be posed on our country, the Defence Minister emphasised.
Singh further said that the Rafale jets were purchased only because Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the right decision to get these aircrafts through an Inter-Governmental Agreement with France, after the long pending procurement case for them could not progress.
Singh has thanked the Prime Minister for his bold initiative and for his courage & decisiveness.
He has also thanked the French Government, Dassault Aviation and other French companies for ensuring the timely delivery of the aircraft and its weapons, despite the severe restrictions posed by COVID pandemic.
The Arrow formation (Rafales) was given ceremonial welcome by SU-30s when it enetered the Indian skies.