Rafales in Bastille Day parade: Four Rafale fighter jets of the Indian Air Force are ready for the Bastille Day flightpast in France. The first look of Rafale has surfaced on Thursday from the Evreux Fauville airbase in France. The event will take place on the Champs Elysees in Paris on Friday. PM Modi will attend the Bastille Day parade as the chief guest.
Captain Abhishek Tripathi, Commanding Officer of 101 Squadron (Rafale) said that it is a matter of pride for us that we have brought Rafale to France once again. Rafales have the best avionics which is better than all the fighter jets in the world. It is very compact, extraordinary, powerful, extremely agile and very discreet machine.
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Fuel filled in air, reached France in 10 hours
Group Captain Anindo Sur said that it was very exciting for us to fly so far, close to 4500 miles. Our plane landed in the middle of nowhere, we did air-to-air refueling. We flew continuously for more than 10 hours. For the first time an aircraft has taken such a long flight from India.
Parade is held every year on 14th July.
The French traditional military parade is held in Paris every year on 14 July during Bastille Day. PM Modi will be the guest of honor on the National Day of France at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron. This visit of PM Modi is taking place at a time when the Indo-French strategic partnership is completing 25 years.
#WATCH | Squadron Leader Sindhu Reddy says, “It is a moment of tremendous pride for us since we will be representing our country as well as our Force on a foreign land in front of our PM who will be witnessing the parade…I will be commanding the Air Force’s contingent which… pic.twitter.com/Zu7GsZc9HI
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68 soldiers will march
Squadron Leader Sindhu Reddy said that it is a very proud moment for India. Because we will represent our country as well as our army in front of our Prime Minister on foreign land. I will take over the command of the Air Force. The contingent of the force comprises 77 personnel, of whom 68 will march.
Ambassador said – India-France relations are very strong
Indian Ambassador to France Javed Ashraf on Wednesday said Indian Rafale jets taking part in the Bastille Day flypast over the Champs Elysees in Paris will send a message across the world that India-France ties are very strong and close. Ashraf said the flypast and march by air warriors of the Indian Air Force on Bastille Day is symbolic of a long association between the two countries, especially in the field of air power.
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