French Defence Minister to attend Rafale induction ceremony at Ambala.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parley will be the guests of honour at the ceremony on Thursday, September 10; the preparations for which must have begun ever since the time Ambala received the jets on July 29.
French Defence Minister Florence Parly will be on an official visit to the country tomorrow. She will attend the official induction ceremony of the first batch of the Rafale omnirole fighter aircraft by the Indian Air Force at Air Force Station, Ambala. This will mark Minister Parly’s third official visit to India since 2017.
The French Defence Minister will also meet her counterpart, Rajnath Singh and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. Both sides will also discuss operational defense cooperation, particularly maritime security in the Indo-Pacific and counter-terrorism cooperation.
The Indian Air Force will formally induct the Rafale aircraft tomorrow at Air Force Station, Ambala. Defence Ministry said, the aircraft will be part of 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows. The first five Indian Air Force Rafale aircraft arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala from France on 27th of July this year.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Ms Florence Parly will be the Chief Guest for the event. After the ceremonial events the Indian and French delegation will have a bilateral meeting.