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IAF’s 17 Squadron to be resurrected Tuesday; to be first Rafale unit

New Delhi: The Indian Air Drive on Tuesday is anticipated to resurrect its ‘Golden Arrows’ 17 Squadron which would be the first unit to fly the multi-role Rafale fighter jets.

IAF Chief B S Dhanoa will resurrect the 17 squadron at an occasion on Tuesday on the Ambala Air Drive Station because it prepares to obtain the Rafale jets, official sources mentioned.

The ‘Golden Arrows’ 17 Squadron was commanded by Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa throughout the Kargil struggle in 1999.

The squadron, which operated from Bhatinda air base, was disbanded in 2016 after the IAF began gradual phasing out of Russian-origin Mig 21 jets.

The squadron was fashioned in 1951, and initially it flew de Havilland Vampire F Mk 52 fighters.

India is anticipated to obtain the primary Rafale jet by finish of this month.

The IAF has already accomplished preparations, together with readying required infrastructure and coaching of pilots, to welcome the fighter plane.

The sources mentioned the primary squadron of the plane shall be deployed on the Ambala Air Drive Station, thought-about some of the strategically situated bases of the IAF. The Indo-Pak border is round 220 km from there.

The second squadron of Rafale shall be stationed at Hasimara base in West Bengal.

India had inked an inter-governmental settlement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a value of round Rs 58,000 crore.

Various IAF groups have already visited France to assist Dassault Aviation, the producer of Rafale, incorporate India-specific enhancements on-board the fighter plane

The Rafale jets will include numerous India-specific modifications, together with Israeli helmet-mounted shows, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10-hour flight information recording, infra-red search and monitoring programs amongst others.

The Congress raised a number of questions in regards to the deal, together with on charges of the plane, and alleged corruption however the authorities has rejected the costs.

The IAF spent round Rs 400 crore to develop required infrastructure like shelters, hangers and upkeep amenities on the two bases.

In July 2017, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, throughout his go to to France, flew a Rafale jet on the Saint-Dizier airbase to achieve first-hand expertise of the plane.

In line with the deal, the supply of the jets was to be accomplished in 67 months from the date the contract was inked.

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