NEW DELHI: An official report has revealed that the Indian Air Force (IAF), which by this time is in possession of five Rafale fighter jets in its No.17 Squadron (Golden Arrows) squadron, is all set to boost up its list with 16 more Rafale Fighters by April 2021.
Earlier in July this year, five Rafale fighter jets that have already been inducted in the Golden Arrow Squadron had arrived while making a stop in the UAE. The already in service fighter jets has been seen flying in the Ambala region as part of Force’s ‘familiarization’ sorties.
Out of the 16, France’s Dassault Aviation assembly plant will send the first three fighters to India on November 5 which will land directly in the Indian Ambala based port without having to stop midway, as these fighters will be refuelled in the air itself.
The report further highlighted that the remaining three will make an entry in January 2021, another three in March and seven in April thereby taking the fighter jet tally to 7 twin-seat trainer fighters and 21 single-seat fighters.
The boost in the fighter jet list will enable India in its readiness to combat any External threats posed to it and comes in an important time with India-China military standoff in the borderline areas.
In the meanwhile, France’s biggest jet engine maker Safran proposed to make fighter engines of Snecma M88 in India, which are majorly used as engine parts of Rafale fighters but can also be stationed to power Light Combat Aircraft Mark II and twin-engine advanced multi-role combat aircraft developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).