New Delhi, Oct 1: A major infrastructure is upgraded at the Ambala base and Hasimara Base by the Indian Air Force for the deployment of the first squadron of the Rafale jets. One of the officials said that the infrastructure will be created keeping in mind the requirement for the Rafale jets for next 40-50 years. The delivery of Rafale jets will begin from September 2019, reported news agency Press Trust of India.Also Read - BAN vs PAK: Babar Azam Bowls For the First Time in International Cricket Against Bangladesh | WATCH Video
For this project, the government sanctioned Rs 220 crore for setting 14 shelters, hangers and maintenance facilities at the Ambala base. The Indo-Pak border is at least at 220 km distance from the Ambala base and it is a crucial location for the IAF. The Ambala base currently has two squadrons of the Jaguar combat aircraft and one squadron of the MiG-21 Bison, reported PTI. Also Read - India Surpasses Brazil to Become No. 1 In Food Supply To Arab Nations In 15 Years
For the aircrew of these jets, the Hasimara base and Ambala base will have simulator-based training facilities. A batch of pilots that will fly these jets are already selected and are receiving training under Dassault Aviation in France. (ALSO READ: Vintage Aircraft to Participate in Flypast at Hindon Base on October 8) Also Read - India vs Pakistan: India Eye to Avenge 10-Wicket T20 World Cup Loss vs Pakistan, Schedule to be Announced in January
India had signed a Euro 7.87 billion (approx Rs 59,000 crore) deal with the French government for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets last year in September. The Ambala and Hasimara base will have 18 each Rafale jets deployed there.
These Rafale jets are capable of carrying nuclear weapons and other missiles. They will have various India- specific modifications the include Israeli helmet-mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10-hour flight data recording and infra-red search and tracking systems among others, reported PTI.
(Inputs from PTI)