GUWAHATI: The Indian Air Force will formally induct the Rafale aircraft on September 10 at Air Force Station, Ambala. The aircraft will be a part of 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”. The first five Indian Air Force Rafale aircraft arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala from France on 27th July 2020.
Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh and Florence Parly Minister of the Armed Forces of France would be the chief guest for the event. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar, G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary Branch of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO at the side of other senior officers of Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces will be present to mark a very important milestone in the history of the IAF.
The dressing delegation will be represented by Emmanuel Lenain Ambassador of France to India, Air General Eric Autellet, Vice Chief of the Air Staff of the dressing Air Force and other senior officials.
A large delegation of senior functionaries of dressing Defence Industries which includes Eric Trappier Chairman and Chief Executive of Dassault Aviation and Eric Beranger, CEO, MBDA will be present all the way through the ceremony.
Florence Parly Minister of the Armed Forces of France will be provided a ceremonial Guard of Honour on arrival at Delhi.
At Ambala, the program will include ceremonial unveiling of the Rafale aircraft, a traditional ‘Sarva Dharma Puja’, Air Display by Rafale and Tejas aircraft in addition to by ‘Sarang Aerobatic Team’.
Afterward, a traditional water cannon salute will be provided to the Rafale aircraft. The programme will culminate with the ceremonial induction of Rafale aircraft to 17 Squadron.
After the ceremonial events the Indian and dressing delegation will have a bilateral assembly.