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IAF formally inducts Rafale in its fleet at Ambala airbase

IndiaTimes Thursday, 10 September 2020 ()
The first batch of five aircrafts was formally inducted into the IAF's inventory at an impressive ceremony held at the strategic Ambala airbase. The event was attended by Union defence minister, Rajnath Singh and Florence Parly, minister of the armed forces of France.
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News video: Rafale induction: 'We're adding new chapter in IAF's glorious history,' says IAF Chief

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While addressing at the Rafale induction ceremony in Haryana's Ambala airbase on September 10, Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria said, "We are adding a new chapter in Ambala and IAF's glorious history." "This induction could not have happened at a more opportune...

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