Expected to give India’s air force a strategic edge over its adversaries in the neighbourhood, the Rafale Fighter Jets have finally landed in India’s Ambala Air Force Base and the netizens can’t keep calm. Nearly 23 years after Sukhoi aircraft were imported, a fleet of five French-manufactured Rafale multi-role combat jets arrived in the country on Wednesday. Also Read - 'A For Apple, B For Binod': The 'Binod' Obsession Is Still Going Strong & These Hilarious Memes Are Proof!
Considered as one of the most potent combat jets globally, three single seater and two twin seater aircraft are being inducted into the IAF as part of its Ambala-based No 17 Squadron, also known as the ‘Golden Arrows’. Unable to contain their excitement, the netizens took to their respective handles on Twitter to express the same. Also Read - COVID-19: India Records Over 60,000 Cases For Fourth Straight Day; Total Tally Crosses 2.2 Million, Deaths Near 45K
While one wrote, “We Never forget the most important contribution of Manohar Parrikar ji. We are always miss him. Folded handsFlag of India #RafaleInIndia #RafaleJets #ThankYouPmModiForRafale (sic)”, another tweeted, “Happy to see the Rafale jets finally in India. Welcome home, Golden Arrows! Incredible moment for our nation Flag of India. We definitely need more quality aircrafts like these for our IAF. #RafaleInIndia (sic)” Also Read - India's COVID-19 Recoveries Cross 15-Lakh Mark; 10 States Contribute More Than 80% of New Cases, Says Health Ministry
Check out Twitter’s reaction on the news here:
A government statement on Monday said 10 Rafale jets were delivered to India and that five of them are staying back in France for training missions. The delivery of all 36 aircraft will be completed on schedule by the end of 2021, it added. Though the jets are being inducted into the IAF on Wednesday, there will be formal ceremony in mid-August to welcome them into the force.