Five Rafale fighter jets coming to India from France will be stationed in the 17th Squadron of the Indian Air force at Ambala on 29th July. This squadron is known as The Golden Arrows. Ambala Air Force station is a part of Western Air Command.
The 17th Squadron is proudly named in the history of the Indian Airforce. It is the same squadron located at Ambala’s Air Force Station that demolished Pakistani bases in 1999 during the Kargil War. Then the command of this squadron was in the hands of former Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa. He was the wing commander of this squadron.
During Operation White Sea at the Battle of Kargil, Golden Arrow did a fantastic job under the leadership of Wing Commander and former Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa.
This squadron located close to the Pakistani border, so the strategic role of this air force station is important and sensitive.
This Squadron of the Air Force actively participated in the liberation of Goa in December 1961. During the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, this squadron had also helped the army in air support.