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Rafale jets formally inducted into IAF, put up aerobatics display at Ambala Air Station

Rafale jets were formally deployed into IAF Squadron No. 17, known as the Golden Arrows. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French minister Florence Parly were among those present.

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Ambala: The French-made Rafale jets were deployed into Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Squadron No. 17, also known as Golden Arrows, in Ambala, Thursday.

At an induction ceremony of the five jets, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said it was a “very important step in light of the prevailing security conditions” along India’s borders.

French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly and IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria also attended the induction ceremony.

ThePrint’s National Photo Editor Praveen Jain and Senior Associate Editor Snehesh Alex Philip brings you glimpses from the event in Ambala.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with his counterpart French minister wiping his swept at the air force function | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with his French counterpart Florence Parly during the induction ceremony | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh drinking water during the function | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the IAF plays an important role in maintaining military deterrence| Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly watching the Rafale doing aerobatics in air at the Ambala Air Station | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Rajnath Singh and Florence Parly watching the aerobatic manoeuvres of the Rafale jets during the induction ceremony | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The Rafale flying with Su 30 MKI and Jaguar aircraft | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Rafale jets with Su 30 MKI and Jaguar aircraft | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The Rafale pilots walking after carrying out aerobatics in at at the Ambala Air station | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Rafale pilots march away after the aerobatic performance at Ambala Air station | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria’s wife Asha Bhadauria speaks to an IAF officer as CDS Gen Bipin Rawat looks on | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
IAF Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria’s wife Asha Bhadauria (extreme right) speaks to an IAF officer as Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat (extreme left) looks on | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
IAF officers at the ceremony | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
IAF officers at the ceremony | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Air Chief marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria with Florence Parly | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Air Chief Marshal R.K.S Bhadauria (left) with French minister Florence Parly | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
IAF pilots and their wives at the function | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
IAF pilots and their wives were among the audience at the induction ceremony | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A fire brigade machine sprays water on the Rafale fighter jet | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A fire engine gives a water canon salute as a Rafale fighter jet passes by | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart Florence Parly, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria were among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony | Photo: Praveen Jain | TRhePrint
Rajnath Singh, Florence Parly, General Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria were among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony Thursday | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

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