Indian Air Force is likely to get the first 6 Rafale fighter aircraft from France on 27th July. Six Rafale fighter aircraft will be delivered to India with the long-range Meteor air-to-air missiles.
Meteor air-to-air missiles will boost the capabilities of the Indian Air Force. The Rafale Aircraft can hit targets at more than 150 km strike range with the Meteor air-to-air missiles.
Initially, France was supposed to deliver four jets in the first installment. However, following a special request from the Indian government, France has speeded up the deliveries.
The first batch of Rafale will be delivered to India on 27 July. According to the earlier plan, the first 4 Rafale fighter jets were going to come to Ambala, but France will now send six Rafale fighter jets to India on 27 July.
According to sources, The special request was placed by the IAF to meet its ‘immediate requirements’ amid the continuing standoff with China at multiple locations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The first Rafale aircraft will be flown by the Commanding Officer of the 17 Golden Arrows’ squadron of Indian Air Force along with a French pilot.