Traditional water cannon salute was given to the Rafale fleet before its ceremonial induction into the 17 squadron of the force.
'The touch down of Rafale combat aircrafts in India marks the beginning of a new era in our Military History,' Rajnath Singh said.
According to IAF officials, Ambala was chosen for housing Rafales in the western sector due to several factors such as depth from the border, base infrastructure and other technical facilities.
Hilal Ahmad Rather, the Air Attache to France, was born in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.
The first batch of five Rafale fighter aircraft took off from France for India on Monday, nearly four years after the two countries inked an agreement to supply 36 of the multi-role jets to the Indian Air Force under a Rs 59,000-crore deal.
The fleet is expected to significantly boost the IAF's combat capabilities at a time when India is locked in a tense border row with China in eastern Ladakh.
Besides the missile systems, the Rafale jets will come with various India-specific modifications, including Israeli helmet-mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low-band jammers, 10-hour flight data recording, infra-red search and tracking systems among others.
Congress says BJP celebrated 'without studying the verdict' of the Supreme Court.
Amit Shah said the judgement of the apex court has proved that disruption of Parliament over the Rafale deal was a 'sham'.
The Supreme Court on Thursday gave a clean chit to the Narendra Modi government in the Rafale fighter jets deal case.
'Truth triumphs. Truth can be bothered but not defeated' said BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.
The Supreme Court had reserved the verdict on the Rafale deal in May this year.
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Ghafoor's defence of Singh comes at a time when tensions between the two South Asian neighbours are at an all-time high.
The Rafale Engine Manufacturing company is seeking Indian government's support to set up maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in India
India had ordered 36 Rafale fighter jets from France in a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore in September 2016.
On October 9, Singh will address the CEOs of leading French defence firms during which he is likely to urge them to participate in the 'Make in India' in the Defence sector in India
We think that national security is a very serious business, and we should trust the generals to do the right thing for all of us, but as Guderian knew, this is not always wise, writes author-columnist Aakar Patel.
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