First Rafale squadron set to be raised at Sarsawa airbase in UP

First Rafale squadron set to be raised at Sarsawa airbase in UP






First Rafale squadron set to be raised at Sarsawa airbase in UP


New Delhi: The first squadron of the most modern Rafale fighter jets, the newest acquisition for the Indian Air Force, is likely to be set up at the Sarsawa airbase in UP.
The airbase, which is just 50 km crow-flight from the National Capital, is getting prepared to host the squadron and related maintenance facilities, sources in the South Block told UNI.
A team of Dassault Aviation, manufacturer of the Rafale visited the airbase last month to carry out feasibility study and improvements needed for making it home for the Combat jet.
The first squadron is likely to have 12 fighters, including pair of trainers, said the sources.
The IAF was in process of identifying two more airbases for the rest of the squadrons of 24 fighter.

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