On October 8, Indian Air Force Day, the newly inducted Rafale fighter aircrafts are all set to be featured. It is celebrated to mark the day when IAF was established in the year 1932. The force is observing the 88th anniversary this year with the annual parade at the Hindon airbase located in Ghaziabad that also includes the air display of many aircraft.
“Along with other aircraft, the Rafale aircraft will also take part in the Air Force Day parade on October 8,” the IAF official said.
The official tweet by IAF read, “#IAFDay2020: Rafale – The Rafale is a 4.5 generation, twin-engine omnirole, air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship and nuclear deterrence fighter aircraft, equipped with a wide range of weapons.”
Last month, five Rafale fighter jets were formally introduced into the IAF. It gives a major boost to India’s air power capability at a time when the country is facing tense border standoff with China.
These multi-role Rafale jets were developed by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation, which are preferred for air superiority and precision strikes.
The initial batch of the five Rafale jets arrived on July 29 in India, almost four years after the country signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to acquire 36 of the aircraft priced at Rs 59,000 crore.
The second batch of Rafale jets is likely to arrive by next month in the country.
The Rafale jets are the country’s first major acquisition of fighter planes in last 23 years after the Sukhoi jets were purchased from Russia.