Lt. Colonel MS Dhoni Expresses his Delight at Rafale jets induction into IAF
An excited MS Dhoni promptly expressed his delight at five Rafale fighter jets being formally inducted into the 17 Squadron of the IAF.
An excited MS Dhoni promptly expressed his delight at five Rafale fighter jets being formally inducted into the 17 Squadron of the IAF. Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday hailed the introduction of the Rafale jets into the Indian Air Force and said that the potent bird’s “lethality will only increase” in the hands of IAF pilots.
Dhoni, who holds the honourary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army unit of the Parachute Regiment (106 Para TA battalion), expressed his delight at the five Rafale fighter jets being formally inducted into the 17 Squadron of the IAF at a glittering ceremony at the Ambala airbase.
“With the Final Induction Ceremony, the world’s best combat-proven 4.5Gen fighter plane gets the world’s best fighter pilots. In the hands of our pilots and the mix of different aircrafts with the IAF the potent bird’s lethality will only increase,” Dhoni tweeted.
The 39-year-old is currently in Dubai where he is preparing to lead his Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. But that did not stop him from wishing the 17 Squadron luck. As he holds dear anything that is related to the military.
The induction ceremony was attended by defence minister Rajnath Singh. Also, France’ minister of the armed force Florence Parly.
Before arriving in Ambala, France’s minister of armed forces received a ceremonial Guard of Honour at New Delhi. Also, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal (ACM) R.K.S. Bhadauria was also present at the induction ceremony. This is the first imported fighter jet to be inducted into service. Since the Sukhoi-30s from Russia in the late 90s.
An intergovernmental agreement was signed between India and France for the purchase of 36 fighter jets at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore, nearly four years later. On July 29, the first batch of five Rafale fighter jets reached India.
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