The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday 2022 shared an update on Twitter on receiving the last of the 36 Rafale jets. The Indian Air Force’s tweet, along with a picture of an aircraft, read, “Legs dry! ‘Pack is complete’. The last of 36 IAF Rafales landed in India in a quick passage from a UAE Air Force tanker.” ,
The first batch of five Rafale jets had arrived at the Air Force Station in Ambala in July 2020. These were meant to be a part of the 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”, which was resurrected a year before, a government statement had said at the time. These were formally inducted the next month by the IAF. “The Rafale deal was a game changer for India’s national security and its induction is a strong message for the world and especially for those who challenge India’s sovereignty,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had said at the time. The Rafale deal – worth around 9 billion dollars – was sealed with a view to add new jets to the IAF fleet.