In an attempt to boost the capabilities of the Indian Air Force (IAF) further amid the ongoing tensions along the Indo-China border, three more Rafale fighter jets are to reach India on Wednesday.
According to a report from government sources, the aircrafts are all set to take off from France in the morning and are to arrive in India by evening. The additional aircrafts would add more strength to the Air Force which has already started deploying the Rafales in various operational roles in conflicted areas.
It is to be noted that the first batch of five Rafales flew into India on July 28 and was officially inducted on September 10 by the Narendra Modi led government. With the induction of these aircraft, the IAF would have eight fighter aircraft which will be operationalised within a few days. The Rafale fighters have already been operated and have also been deployed in various conflicted zones in Ladakh. A total of 36 of these aircraft would reach India by mid-2022 under a Rs 60,000 crore deal signed in 2016 by the NDA government.