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Rafale aircraft gets water cannon salute at induction ceremony in Ambala


New Delhi, Sep 10: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday formally inducted the five Rafale fighter jets, which arrived in India on July 29, in the Indian Air Force (IAF). The induction ceremony is taking place at the Ambala Air Force base, where Indian Air Force's 17 Squadron, also called "Golden Arrows", is based.

    5 Rafale Jets formally inducted today in the Indian Air Force fleet at Ambala airbase|Oneindia News


    The Rafale jets were given a water cannon salute at the induction ceremony after stunning air maneuvers were performed by the Rafale, Su-30 and Jaguars.

    The French delegation represented by Emmanuel Lenain Ambassador of France to India, Air General Eric Autellet, Vice Chief of the Air Staff of the French Air Force and other senior officials.

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    A large delegation of senior functionaries of French Defence Industries which includes Eric Trappier Chairman and Chief Executive of Dassault Aviation and Eric Beranger, CEO, MBDA were present during the ceremony.

    Earlier, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met Florence Parly, Minister of Armed Forces of France, at Palam Air Force Station before leaving for Ambala.

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    The ceremonial unveiling of the aircraft was accompanied with the traditional 'Sarva Dharma Puja'. The Rafale and Tejas aircrafts were part of the Air Display following which the Rafale aircraft received a water cannon salute.

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