Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Gautam Gambhir welcome five Rafale fighter jets in India

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Suresh Raina and Rafale Jets. (Image Source: Twitter)
  • The Ambala air-base witnessed the landing of five French Rafale fighter jets to boost IAF's arsenal.

  • The fighter jets covered a distance of 7000 km from France to touchdown in India

The Ambala air-base witnessed the landing of five Rafale fighter jets on Wednesday. The fighter jets covered a distance of 7000 km from France to touchdown in India and the entire country rejoiced the moment with great enthusiasm and zest.


Indian cricketers Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Gautam Gambhir, were the first few prominent personalities to greet the French jets.

“A glorious moment for entire nation as @IAF_MCC gets 5 Rafale to join it’s “Golden Arrows” squadron. This will surely strengthen our nation security. Congratulations to the entire nation ! Jai Hind,” tweeted Raina.


The likes of Raina, Gambhir and Dhawan are renowned for their patriotism and love for the defence.

“Earthquake of magnitude 8.5 has rattled our neighbouring countries wit no casualties after learning about #RafaleJets landed in INDIA Flag of India Wat a boost for our Indian air force Fisted hand I’m pretty sure that, there will be no provocation in near future from our neighbors smiling face with smiling eyes #RafaleInIndia,” Manoj Tiwary wrote on Twitter.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) received a significant boost with the addition of these fighter jets in their arsenal.

Section 144 was implemented in Ambala and the vicinity of the airbase for security reasons, prior to the landing of the jets. The district administration prohibited photography during the time of arrival.

The jets were also refuelled mid-air and made their first stopover in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), before completing their journey to India.

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