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3 more Rafale jets land in India after flying 7000 km

"The third batch of three Rafale aircraft landed at an IAF base a short while ago. They flew over 7000Km with in-flight refuelling. The aircraft got airborne earlier in the day from #IstresAirBase in France. IAF deeply appreciates the tanker support provided by UAE Air Force," the Indian Air Force said in a tweet.

January 28, 2021 / 08:07 AM IST
According to reports, Rafale is set to be the most capable fighter jets in India (Image: Dassault Aviation/Representative image)

According to reports, Rafale is set to be the most capable fighter jets in India (Image: Dassault Aviation/Representative image)

The third batch of three Rafale fighter jets landed in India after flying non-stop from France. This is expected to further boost the strike capability of the Indian Air Force as India and China are engaged in a border standoff in eastern Ladakh.

With the arrival of the new batch, the number of the Rafale aircraft has increased to 11.

"The third batch of three Rafale aircraft landed at an IAF base a short while ago. They flew over 7000Km with in-flight refuelling. The aircraft got airborne earlier in the day from #IstresAirBase in France. IAF deeply appreciates the tanker support provided by UAE Air Force," the Indian Air Force said in a tweet.

The Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) of the United Arab Emirates provided mid-air refuelling to the three Rafale jets.