Indian Air Force (IAF) received three additional Rafale fighter jets earlier on Thursday after a direct ferry from France.
A statement released by IAF said “Rafales were refueled in-flight by U.A.E. Air Force tankers. This marks yet another milestone in the strong relationship between the two Air Forces. Thank You U.A.E. AF,”
IAF has now inducted a total of 15 Rafales out of 36 ordered, worth nearly $8bn by the recent BJP’s government to boost the capability of the Indian Air Force.
The IAF is under tremendous pressure to increase the capacity of its existing air fleets. With its old fleet hitting accident nearly every month has questioned India’s Air Force war preparedness.
The inclusion of Rafale fighter jets has increased the morale of its pilots and overall country’s air defense. The 4.5 generation fighter jets have a combat range of 780-1650km without mid-air refueling.