There is the latest report that one Rafale jet crash during training and posibly 2 pilots have been confirmed dead.

Meanwhile, About five French-made multirole Rafales were inducted today into the Indian Air Force’s “Golden Arrows” Squadron at the Ambala Air Force Station, the country’s oldest Air Force base built-in 1919.

A Rafale fighter jet flew above the airbase as Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly watched it from afar. Along with the Rafale, other fighter jets including the Russian-origin Sukhoi-30MKIs participated in the flypast.

The first batch of five Rafales is being inducted at a time when India is engaged in an escalating border row with China in eastern Ladakh. “New bird in the arsenal of IAF,” the Air Force tweeted this morning.

The official induction is telling the world and those who have raised an eye in India as a country. This induction is very crucial, considering the border situation,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said at the ceremonial unveiling of the Rafale aircraft that saw a traditional sarva dharma puja, air display by Rafale and Tejas aircraft as well as by the Sarang aerobatic team.

The country’s defence minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar were the guests that attended the ceremony.