Watch: Three Rafale Fighters Take Off For India From France, To Be Refueled Mid-Air By UAE Air ForceRafale (Twitter)

Three Rafale fighters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) took off from France earlier today on a nearly 7,000-kilometer-long journey to India.

The Indian Embassy in France posted a video of the fighters taking off for India from the Dassault Aviation facility in France’s Merignac.

The fighters, likely to arrive in India sometime today, will be refueled by the UAE Air Force on their way.

This batch of three Rafales will be followed by a new batch of seven fighters. These seven fighters are likely to arrive in India by the end of April 2021.

The IAF will soon raise its second squadron of Rafale fighters, which will be based at the Hasimara Air Force Station in West Bengal.

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