The Indian Air Force (IAF) will formally induct Rafale fighters at the Ambala air base on 10 September in presence of defence minister Rajnath Singh, officials familiar with the matter said on 28 August. India has also invited Singh’s French counterpart, Florence Parly, to attend the ceremony, they added. Five Rafale fighters of the 36 ordered arrived at the airbase on 29 July, ending IAF’s wait for new fighter jets to sharpen its combat potential. IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and other senior air force officers were present when the jets arrived, but a formal induction ceremony was reserved for another day. The arrival of the jets coincided with the ongoing India-China border tensions in Ladakh.
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