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First batch of 5 Rafale jets takes off from France, to arrive on Wednesday

The fleet is expected to significantly boost the IAF's combat capabilities at a time when India is locked in a tense border row with China in eastern Ladakh

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The five Rafales are scheduled to be inducted into the IAF on Wednesday afternoon

Press Trust of India New Delhi
The first batch of five Rafale jets on Monday took off from France for India, officials said.
The multi-role fighter aircraft are scheduled to arrive at Ambala air force station on Wednesday, nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 Rafale jets for the Indian Air Force under a Rs 59,000-crore deal.
The fleet is expected to significantly boost the IAF's combat capabilities at a time when India is locked in a tense border row with China in eastern Ladakh.
Indian Ambassador to France Jawed Ashraf interacted with IAF pilots before they took off from France.
"Bon Voyage:

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First Published: Jul 27 2020 | 2:06 PM IST

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