Pramod Mishra / Siliguri: India’s wait is finally over. The world’s most powerful fighter aircraft Rafal is scheduled to reach India on Wednesday. Rafal aircraft flew to India from France’s airbase on Monday. The 5 Rafale aircraft will reach Ambala airbase on Wednesday by covering an air distance of 7364 km and most importantly, the Indian Air Force fighter pilots themselves are bringing Rafale to India.
It is believed that next week the deployment of these five aircraft will be done in view of the dispute with China. In September 2016, India signed 36 Rafale fighter jets deal with France for about Rs 59,000 crore. According to the information, Rafale will land at the UAE’s Al Dafra airbase after flying from France. After taking fuel from there, Rafal will fly directly to India and reach Ambala airbase.
In the first batch, 10 fighter aircraft were to be delivered, but due to the non-availability of aircraft, only five aircraft are reaching India. In this regard, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to French Defense Minister Florence Parle on 2 June. During this time, France had assured that delivery of Rafale fighter aircraft to India would be on time, the Corona catastrophe would not affect it. It is important for Rafal to reach India amid the ongoing border dispute with China. This is also expected to speed up delivery of Rafale aircraft in future.