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Ahead of arrival of Rafale jets, security tightened, Section 144 imposed near Ambala air base

By: PTI | Ambala |

Up to date: July 28, 2020 8:04:28 pm


Mid-air refuelling being carried out by Rafales on their journey again house. (Supply: Defence PRO)

Authorities tightened safety and imposed prohibitory orders close to the Ambala Air Drive Station in Haryana on Tuesday forward of the arrival of 5 Rafale jets from France, banning taking pictures of movies and images.

The Ambala district administration additionally prohibited folks from flying personal drones throughout the three-km radius of the air base, an official stated.

Deputy Commissioner Ashok Sharma stated in an order that Part 144, which prohibits meeting of 4 or extra folks, has been imposed within the villages adjoining the air base, together with Dhulkot, Baldev Nagar, Garnala and Panjkhora.

The jets took off from France on Monday and can arrive on the Air Drive station on Wednesday, after overlaying a distance of seven,000 km with air-to-air refuelling and a single cease within the United Arab Emirates. The fleet includes three single-seater and two twin-seater plane, in response to an IAF official.

The Ambala deputy commissioner stated taking pictures of movies or taking images of the boundary wall of the air base and its adjoining areas will stay strictly prohibited throughout the imposition of the prohibitory orders.

Haryana House Minister Anil Vij stated Ambala police have taken the required measures. The BJP chief and six-term MLA from Ambala Cantt stated the folks of Ambala are very enthusiastic and 1000’s would have come out on the streets to welcome the fighter jets earlier than the contact down had there not been a pandemic.

BJP’s Ambala Metropolis MLA Aseem Goyal urged to folks to mild candles of their houses between 7-7:30 pm on Wednesday to welcome the Rafale jets.

Practically 4 years in the past, India signed an inter-governmental settlement with France for 36 Rafale jets underneath a Rs 59,000-crore deal to spice up the IAF’s fight capabilities.

The primary squadron of the Rafale jets will probably be stationed on the Ambala air base. The 5 Rafales are scheduled to be inducted into the IAF on Wednesday, although a proper induction ceremony could be held later.

No 17 Squadron, the ?Golden Arrows?, has been resurrected on the Ambala base to function the Rafale plane. The resurrection ceremony in September 2019 was presided over by then Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, who had commanded the 17 Squadron throughout the Kargil battle in 1999.

The IAF has undertaken main infrastructure upgrades on the Ambala base for the deployment of the primary Rafale squadron. Inbuilt 1948, the air base is positioned on the east aspect of Ambala in Haryana and is used for navy and authorities flights.

The air base has two squadrons of the Jaguar fight plane and one squadron of the MIG-21 Bison. Air Drive Marshal Arjan Singh was the primary commander of the bottom.

The Mirage fighters that had been used for the air strike in Balakot in Pakistan in February 2019 after the Pulwama terror assault had taken off from right here.

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