The First batch of five Rafale fighter jets will be inducted by Indian Air Force at the Ambala air base on July 29 if weather permits.
After being inducted into the Air Force on 29 July, Final induction ceremony will take place on 20 August.
Acting on a special request by the IAF, France has accelerated the deliveries of Rafale fighters to India.
According to the Air Force, as soon as Rafale arrives, efforts will be made to bring the aircraft to the operational level at the earliest, so that this aircraft can be used for different purposes.
“IAF aircrew and ground crew have undergone comprehensive training on the aircraft, including its highly advanced weapons systems and are fully operational now. Post arrival, efforts will focus on operationalisation of the aircraft at the earliest,” an Indian Air Force spokesperson said on Monday.
India has to get 36 Rafale aircraft in the next two years from France. According to Air Force sources, The first squadron of Rafale will be deployed for the Western Command at Ambala air Base, while the second squadron will be deployed at Hasimara Air Force Station in West Bengal to deal with any Chinese threat at the eastern end.