First batch of five Rafales flied out of France, to reach Ambala on Wednesday.

Five Rafale jets taking off from France today to join the Indian Air Force fleet in Ambala in Haryana on July 29th. The aircraft will be refueled by French Air Force tanker aircraft on their way to an airbase in the UAE before leaving for India.

The multi-role fighter aircraft are scheduled to arrive at Ambala air force station on Wednesday, nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to produce 36 Rafale jets for the Indian Air Force under a Rs. 59,000 crore deal.

Out of the 36 Rafale jets, 30 will be fighter jets and six will be trainers. The trainer jets will be twin-seater and they will have almost all the features of the fighter jets.

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