Indian Air Force will soon be receiving three more Rafale fighter jets, adding more teeth to its only Rafale Squadron. It will be third batch of the advanced fighter jets to delivered to IAF from France.
IAF has placed an order of two squadron, which is 36 Rafale Fighter Jets with India-specific modifications at a cost of Rs 59000 crores. IAF is already running short of at least 10 fighter jet squadrons. The Rafale jets will take off from France and land directly at Jamnagar with midway refueling support by Indian and French tankers.
The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets had arrived at Ambala Airbase on July 29. This batch, however, took a stopover at Al-Dhafra Airbase in Abu Dhabi. These jets were formally inducted into the IAF on September 10. The second batch of three jets reached Jamnagar airbase after taking off from Istres Airbase of France on 4th of November.