The Indian Air Force is anticipated to revive its ‘Golden Arrow’ seventeen Squadron on Tues, which can be the primary unit to fly a multi-role Rafale fighter jet.
Official sources said that IAF Chief BS Dhanoa can revive seventeen squadrons at Ambala air force station on Tues because it prepares to receive the Rafale jet.
The ‘Golden Arrow’ seventeen Squadron was commanded by Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa throughout the Kargil War in 1999.
The squadron operated from Bathinda air station was disbanded in 2016 once a gradual phasing out of the Indian-origin MiG-21 jets.
The squadron was fashioned in 1951 and at the start flew vampire Havilland lamia F Mk fifty-two fighters.
India is anticipated to receive the primary Rafale jet by the top of this month.
The Indian Air Force has completed preparations as well as the mandatory infrastructure and coaching of pilots to welcome the attack aircraft.
Sources same that the primary squadron of the Air Force are stationed at Ambala Air Force Station, thought-about one in all the foremost strategic bases of the Indian Air Force. The Indo-Pak border is concerning 220 km from there.
Rafale’s second squadron is stationed at the Hasimara base in West Bengal.
In Sept 2016, Asian country entered into Associate in Nursing inter-governmental agreement with France for the acquisition of thirty-six Rafale fighter jets at a value of concerning Rs 58,000 crore.
Several groups of the Indian Air Force have already visited France, to assist Rafael manufacturer Dassault Aviation, embrace India-specific enhancements to the fighters
The Congress raised many questions on the deal, as well as craft rates and alleged corruption, however, the govt discharged the allegations.
The IAF spent around Rs four hundred crores to develop the mandatory infrastructure like shelters, hangars and maintenance facilities on each the grounds.
In July 2017, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, throughout his visit to France, flew a Rafael jet to Saint-Dijier airbase to urge the primary expertise of the aircraft.
According to the deal, the delivery of the jet was to be completed in sixty-seven months from the contract it was signed.
Source: India Today