NEW DELHI, JULY 27: The first five Indian Air Force (IAF) Rafales have taken off from Dassault Aviation Facility, Merignac, France, Monday morning and are likely to reach India on Wednesday, says the government.
These five include three single seater and two twin seater aircraft.
The ferry of the aircraft is planned in two stages and will be undertaken by the pilots of the IAF, who have undergone comprehensive training on the aircraft, according to a release by the Government.
The Air to Air Refuelling planned during the first leg of the ferry will be undertaken by these pilots with dedicated tanker support from the French Air Force, the release added.
The aircraft are likely to arrive at Air Force Station, Ambala, on 29 July subject to weather. No 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”, is being raised at this base equipped with Rafale aircraft.