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Dassault Aviation releases images of second Rafale aircraft for Indian Air Force

11 October 2019
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France's Dassault Aviation has released images of the second of 36 Rafale multirole fighter aircraft New Delhi ordered in September 2016 for the Indian Air Force (IAF) for EUR7.9 billion (USD8.73 billion).

France’s Dassault Aviation has released images of the second of 36 Rafale aircraft ordered for the IAF in September 2016. (Dassault Aviation/G. Gosset)France's Dassault Aviation has released images of the second of 36 Rafale aircraft ordered for the IAF in September 2016. (Dassault Aviation/G. Gosset)

The publication of the images, which show the aircraft (tail number RB 002) in flight, came a day after the company handed over the first Rafale to the Indian government in a ceremony held at Dassault's assembly facility in Bordeaux-Mérignac on 8 October that coincided with the Hindu festival of Dussehra and the 87th founding anniversary of the IAF.

These aircraft are expected to arrive in India in May 2020 as part of a first batch of four Rafales that will be ferried to Ambala Air Force Station (AFS) for induction into the IAF's 17 'Golden Arrow' Squadron, which was formally reinstated on 10 September, about eight years after it was decommissioned following the retirement of its Soviet-era MiG-21 aircraft.





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