First Rafale fighter Jet handed over to India

Yesterday, India got its first Rafale fighter aircraft in France. According to sources, Deputy Air Force Chief Air Marshal VR Chaudhary also flew in the aircraft for around one hour. Formal handing over ceremony of Rafale is on October 8. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will take part in this ceremony in France.

Talking about the Rafale aircraft, current IAF Chief BS Dhanoa said, “If a man who has driven Maruti [car] gets a Mercedes, of course, he will be happy.”

According to Indian Air Forces sources, The tail number of the first Rafale aircraft delivered to India is RB-01. The tail number is named after Indian Air Force Chief designate Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.

Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria

Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, PVSM AVSM VM ADC will take over as the 26th Chief of the Air Staff. He will be taking over the command of IAF from the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee & the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, who is due to retire end of this month.

Air Marshal Bhadauria was commissioned in the fighter stream of IAF on 15 Jun 1980 & was the recipient of the prestigious ‘Sword of Honour’. He has over 4250 hours of flying on 26 different types of fighters & transport aircraft. He has been the AOC-in-C for two commands & has been overseeing the IAF Operations as VCAS.

Air Mshl Bhadauria, in his illustrious career, has commanded a frontline deep strike Jaguar Squadron & a frontline fighter base in South Western Sector.

He was also the commanding officer of Flight Test Squadron at Aircraft & System Testing Establishment & Project Director of National Flight Test Centre on Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project. Air Marshal Bhadauria played a pivotal role as DCAS towards finalisation of contract for the RAFALE fighter aircraft for IAF.

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