By The SATimes News Service
New Delhi: The 5 Rafale aircraft which arrived on July 27 at Ambala Air Force Station were inducted into the Indian Air Force’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ on Thursday.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh presented an induction scroll to Group Captain Harkeerat Singh, the Commanding Officer of the 17 Squadron, thus formally completing the induction of the fighter jets.
Speaking during the induction ceremony, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, said, “The Rafale aircrafts along with the skills of the 17 Squadron of the ‘Golden Arrows’ will form a lethal combination and will challenge our adversaries.” He also lauded the Centre for strengthening the Indian Air Force fleet with the Rafale jets, reports Hindustan Times.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “The induction of Rafale jets into the IAF has also strengthened the Indo-French relations. We are facing new geostrategic challenges and our two democracies are working together to resolve these challenges.”
Defence minister Rajnath Singh said that the induction of the jets will ensure that India is able to maintain peace in the region and ensure stability. He said that the Indian Air Force’s deliberate and swift action near the LAC displays their commitment towards national security.