The first batch of Rafale fighter jets received a warm welcome from the Indian Navy warship, INS Kolkata, deployed in Western Arabian Sea, as they made their way towards IAF’s Ambala airbase on Wednesday .
The transcript of their brief exchange is given below:
INS Kolkata: Arrow leader, welcome to the Indian Ocean.
Rafale leader: Many thanks. Most reassuring to have an Indian warship guarding the seas
INS Kolkata: May you touch the sky with glory. Happy landing.
Rafale leader: Wish you fair winds. Happy hunting. Over&out.
The official handle of the Defence Minsitry also greeted the contingent on Twitter when the jets entered the Indian airspace. They were escorted by two Sukhoi jets. The five Rafale fighter jets, which flew from Merignac airbase in southern France, have landed at the Ambala Air Force station. India has bought 36 Rafale jets from french aviation company Dassault, in a deal worth 7.87 billion euros.