Three more Rafale aircraft reaching India from France

The sixth consignment of Rafale fighter jets left for India from France on Wednesday. The Indian Embassy in France reported that the consignment had three aircraft. They will be part of the Air Force's second squadron of Rafale aircraft. The Indian embassy in France tweeted, "The next consignment of the three Rafale planes has left for everyone from France to India, wishing the pilots a smooth flight and safe landing."

 With the arrival of the three planes, the Indian Air Force will have 21 Rafale aircraft. The new squadron of Rafale aircraft will be stationed at Hashimara in Bengal. The first squadron is stationed at Ambala Air Force Station. A squadron consists of about 18 aircraft. 

India had entered into an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft at a cost of 58 thousand crores. The first batch of Rafale aircraft reached India on 29 July last year and the fifth shipment came on 21 April this year.