Amritsar, NFAPost: Security arrangements in the city of Ambala have been tightened ahead of the arrival of the first batch of the much-awaited five Rafale fighter jets.
The fighter jets, which took off from France on July 27, stopped over UAE’s Al Dhafra Air Base on their way and will take off for India around 11 AM and are scheduled to reach Ambala Air Base by 2 PM.
Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria would be present at the air base to receive the batch of first five Rafale combat aircraft.
Ahead of the landing of the fighter aircrafts, the administration in Ambala city is on high alert and Section 144 has been imposed in four villages closer to the Ambala air base and roads leading to Air Force Station in Haryana have been sealed till 5 PM.
Ambala cantonment area is a ‘no-drone area’, and photography is also not allowed, and hence gathering of people on roofs and any kind of photography during landing has been strictly prohibited, the police said.
The first fleet comprises three single-seater and two twin-seater aircraft.
India had, nearly four years ago, signed an inter-governmental agreement with France for 36 Rafale jets under a 590-billion-rupee deal to boost the combat capabilities of Indian Air Force.