3 more Rafale combat aircraft landed in India on Wednesday night after flying non-stop from France as per the statement given by an Indian Air Force (IAF) official.
This is the 4th batch of the 3 IAF Rafales that landed at the Jamnagar Air-Base on Indian soil. They came directly from Istres Air Base in France.
After the arrival of 3 more jets, India has IAF has received 14 jets till now out of 36 jets ordered from France.
The Rafales were refueled mid-air by UAE Air Force tankers and completed the 7,000 km journey from France to India in 10 hours.
As per the statement issued by IAF, “The 3 Rafale aircraft landed at an Indian Air Force base a short while ago.
They flew over 7,000 km with in-flight refueling. The aircraft got airborne earlier in the day from Istres Air Base in France”.
The combat aircraft are manufactured in France by ‘Dassault Aviation’.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Indian Embassy in France said, “Another batch of Rafale takes to the skies on non-stop flight to India with mid-air refueling by UAE”.
The remaining fighter jets will be handed over to India by April 2022.
The Indian Air Force pilots are being trained in France.