Rafale - a moment of pride for IndiaPrime Minister Narendra Modi today welcomed the arrival of the Rafale at the Ambala Air Force base by tweeting in Sanskrit, which roughly translates to, 'there is nothing more virtuous than protecting the nation'. Considering that the Rafale made by Dassault Aviation France is a high performance fighter aircraft, it will definitely be a big boost to the morale of our armed forces. Though right now, they are too few in number, in the months and years to come they are likely become a significant part of our air power.
In fact, this is not the first time that the country is experimenting with French aircrafts. Even though most of our fighter jets are from Russia, time to time we had some top quality French fighters with us. The famed Mirage 2000, which made the country proud during the Kargil war and the recent operation Balakot, have roots from the same Dassault Aviation as Rafale. We even have the oldie Jaguar aircrafts that too had their origins in France and England.
So it can be safely hoped that in the days to come, the Rafale will add to the air power of the country very significantly. Considering the war threat that India is today faced on two fronts, the induction of the Rafale by the Indian Airforce is the right aircraft at the right time.