IAF Formally İnducts 2nd Rafale Squadron at Hasimara Airbase

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IAF Formally İnducts 2nd Rafale Squadron at Hasimara Airbase
The Indian Air Force formally inducted the second squadron of Rafale aircraft -101 Squadron- at Hasimara Air Base in West Bengal's Hasimara in Eastern Air Command on July 28. The first squadron—17 Golden Arrows—was raised in Ambala, Punjab, in September last year.

The 101 Squadron is the second IAF squadron to be equipped with Rafale aircraft. On May 1, 1949, the squadron was formed at Palam and had operated Harvard, Spitfire, Vampire, Su-7 and MiG-21M aircraft in the past.

The first squadron of Rafale has started patrolling the borders with China in eastern Ladakh and Pakistan border.

In 2016, India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 Rafale jets at Rs 59,000 crore.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had in February said the country would have the entire fleet of fighter aircraft by April 2022.

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