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Indian Air Force formally inducts Rafale aircraft into 101 Squadron in Eastern Air Command

NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force (IAF) yesterday formally inducted Rafale aircrafts at the Air Force Station Hasimara in the Eastern Air Command (EAC).

101 Squadron is the second IAF Squadron to be equipped with Rafale aircraft.

The induction ceremony was presided by IAF chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.

A fly-past heralding the arrival of Rafale aircraft to Hasimara was also part of the event, which was followed by a traditional water cannon salute.

RKS Bhadauria, talking to the personnel during the induction ceremony, stated that the induction of Rafale had been meticulously planned at Hasimara, keeping in mind the importance of strengthening the IAF’s capability in the Eastern Sector.

RKS Bhadauria urged the personnel to combine their zeal and commitment with the unrivalled potential of the newly inducted platform, recalling the glorious history of 101 Squadron, which bestowed upon them the title of Falcons of Chamb and Akhnoor.

He stated that he had no doubt that the Squadron would dominate whenever and wherever it was required, and that the adversary would always be intimidated by their sheer presence.

The Squadron was formed on May 1, 1949, at Palam and has operated Harvard, Spitfire, Vampire, Su-7, and MiG-21M aircraft in the past.

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