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A model of the Rafale fighter jet displayed at a stall during the second day of the 13th edition of Aero India 2021, at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru.

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French-made Rafale fighter jets perform on the inaugural day of Aero India 2021 at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru. Aero India is a biennial event with flying demonstrations by stunt teams and militaries and commercial pavilions where aviation companies display their products and technology.

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The third batch of three Rafale aircrafts flying from France land at an IAF base in India.

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Tanker support extended by French Air Force for the direct ferry of second batch of IAF Rafales. A second batch of three Rafale fighter jets arrived at Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat on Wednesday evening after flying non-stop from France, in a further boost to the strike capability of the Indian Air Force.

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Rafale fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force during the 88th Indian Air Force Day celebrations, at Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad.

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Rafale fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force during the 88th Indian Air Force Day celebrations, at Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad.

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Rafale fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force fires flares during the 88th Indian Air Force Day celebrations, at Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad.

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Rafale fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force fires flares during the 88th Indian Air Force Day celebrations, at Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad.

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IAF's newly inducted Rafale fighter jet presents an air display during the 88th Air Force Day parade at Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad.

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Rafale fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force fires flares during the 88th Indian Air Force Day celebrations, at Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad.

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Visitors have a view of Rafale fighter jet on display during the full dress rehearsal for the 88th Indian Air Force Day celebrations, at Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad.

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Indian Air Force's Rafale jet flies past during a full dress rehearsal for the 88th Indian Air Force Day celebrations, at Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad.

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Indian Air Force's Rafale jet flies past during a full dress rehearsal for the 88th Indian Air Force Day celebrations, at Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad.

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Family members of Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh, the first Rafale woman fighter pilot, celebrate at their residence, in Varanasi.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parly attend a 'Sarva Dharma Puja' during the induction ceremony of Rafale fighter aircrafts, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh presents a memento to Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parly during the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh poses for a group photograph along with Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parly and other dignitaries during the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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Air display of the first batch of IAF’s Rafale fighter aircraft during its induction ceremony, in Ambala.

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IAF pilots board a Rafale fighter aircraft during its induction into the IAF fleet, at the Ambala air base.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses during the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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Priests perform 'Sarva Dharma Puja' during the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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A bird flies near as a French-made Rafale fighter jet makes an inverted flight during its induction ceremony at the Indian Air Force Station in Ambala.

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A French-made Rafale fighter jet flies during its induction ceremony at the Indian Air Force Station in Ambala.

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IAF pilots before flying the first batch of five Rafale aircraft during its induction ceremony, at the airbase in Ambala.

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Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, sitting third left and French Defense Minister Florence Parly, sitting third right, pose for a group photo with Rafale squadron during an induction ceremony of French-made Rafale fighter jets at Air Force Station Ambala. The first batch of five planes, part of a $8.78 billion deal signed between the two countries in 2016 had arrived here in July.

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Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria during the Rafale induction ceremony, at the airbase in Ambala.

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Rafale aircraft being accorded water salute during its induction ceremony, in Ambala.

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IAF helicopters 'Sarang' perform during the Rafale induction ceremony, at the airbase in Ambala.

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Water is sprayed on a French-made Rafale fighter jet during its induction ceremony at the Indian Air Force Station in Ambala. The first batch of five planes, part of a $8.78 billion deal signed between the two countries in 2016 had arrived here in July.

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Air display of the first batch of IAF’s Rafale aircraft in an arrow formation followed by Jaguar and SU-30 aircraft during the former’s induction ceremony, in Ambala.

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Rafale aircraft to be formally inducted into the Indian Air Force, at the airbase in Ambala.

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Rafale aircraft to be formally inducted into the Indian Air Force, at the airbase in Ambala.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parly during 'Sarva Dharma Puja' at the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with Minister of Armed Forces of France Florence Parly arrives to take part in Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

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Devotees celebrate the arrival of five Rafale aircraft from France at Ambala airbase, at Mankameshwar temple in Lucknow.

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IAF Rafale aircraft after touching down at Air Force Station on its arrival on covering a distance of nearly 8500 km from France to India, in Ambala.

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First five Rafale combat aircraft from France arrive at the Air Force Station, in Ambala.

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Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria (2nd L) and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command, Air Marshal B Suresh (R) along with the IAF pilots of the first five Rafale combat aircraft after arriving from France at the Air Force Station, in Ambala. The aircraft will be a part of 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”, which was resurrected on Sept 10, 2019.

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Locals cheer during the touchdown of five Rafale combat jets from France at the airbase, at the entry point of Ambala.

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Water cannon salute being given to one of the five Rafale fighter jets on its arrival at Ambala air base from France.

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The first of five Rafale fighter jets, travelling from France, touches down at Ambala air base in Haryana.

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The first of five Rafale fighter jets, travelling from France, touches down at Ambala air base in Haryana.

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The first batch of five Rafale combat jets, escorted by SU30 MKIs, enter the Indian air space on its way to Ambala airbase from France.

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Midair refuelling of one of the five Rafale jets, which took off from France on its way to India. The Rafale aircrafts are covering a distance of nearly 7000 kms from France to India with a single stop in UAE.

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Midair refuelling of one of the five Rafale jets, which took off from France on its way to India. The Rafale aircrafts are covering a distance of nearly 7000 kms from France to India with a single stop in UAE.

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The first batch of Rafale aircrafts prepares to take off from Dassault Aviation Facility, Merignac, in France.

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The crew of the first batch of Rafale aircrafts preparing to take off from Dassault Aviation Facility, Merignac, in France.

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The first batch of Rafale aircrafts prepares to take off from Dassault Aviation Facility, Merignac, in France.

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First batch of five Rafale fighter aircraft fly out from France to India.

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First batch of five Rafale fighter aircraft fly out from France to India.

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First batch of five Rafale fighter aircraft fly out from France to India.

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In this file photo, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrives for a programme in Surat. The Supreme Court today closed the contempt plea filed against the Congress leader for wrongly attributing to the apex court his "chowkidar chor hai" remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale case.

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In this file photo, a Rafale fighter aircraft seen during rehearsal for fly-past at Yelahanka Air Base, in Bengaluru. The Supreme Court closed the contempt plea against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his "chowkidar chor hai" remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the Rafale case.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh onboard newly inducted Rafale aircraft, in Bordeaux, France.

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Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, center in a military outfit, poses in front of a Rafale jet fighter during an handover ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. France has delivered to India its first Rafale fighter jet from a series of 36 aircraft purchased in a multi-billion dollar deal in 2016.

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Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh writes onto a Rafale jet fighter as a ritual gesture during an handover cermony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France.

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Indian defense Minister Rajnath Singh, center left, poses with Indian military officials and French Defense Minister Florence Parly, third left, at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France.

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Indian Defense Minister Minister Rajnath Singh stands by a Rafale jet fighter in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. Rajnath Singh formally accepts the first Rafale fighter jet after India had signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation in September 2016, to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh prepares for a sortie in a Rafale Jet in Merignac, near Bordeaux, France. Singh formally accepted the first Rafale fighter jet after India had signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation in September 2016, to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets.

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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh gestures before a test flight in a Rafale jet fighter at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. France has delivered to India its first Rafale fighter jet from a series of 36 aircraft purchased in a multi-billion dollar deal in 2016.

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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh puts some flowers as a ritual gesture on a Rafale jet fighter during an handover cermony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. France has delivered to India its first Rafale fighter jet from a series of 36 aircraft purchased in a multi-billion dollar deal in 2016.

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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh thumbs up as he sits in a Rafale jet fighter during an handover ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France. France has delivered to India its first Rafale fighter jet from a series of 36 aircraft purchased in a multi-billion dollar deal in 2016.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss stronger India-France defence and strategic ties at a meeting, in Paris. Singh is in France for an official handover ceremony of the first Rafale fighter jet acquired by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

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Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria poses for photos after flying Rafale aircraft, in Russia

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Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria with Colonel Antoine Courty poses for photos before flying Rafale aircraft, in Russia

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Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria being explained the technicals before flying Rafale aircraft, in Russia

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Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal RKS flies a Rafale aircraft, in Russia

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A Dassault Rafale fighter jet performs his demonstration flight at Paris Air Show, in Le Bourget, north east of Paris, France.

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Indonesian military personnel stand guard near one of seven French Navy Rafale jet fighters parked on the tarmac at Sultan Iskandar Muda Air Base in Aceh Besar, Indonesia. Poor weather has forced the seven fighters from French Navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle taking part in a training exercise to make emergency landings in northern Indonesia.

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Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses on 'India's National Security and importance of Rafale Deal', in Ahmedabad.

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French aircraft Rafale takes off during the inauguration of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 air show at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru.

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French aircraft Rafale manoeuvres during the inauguration of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 air show at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru.

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French aircraft Rafale manoeuvres during the inauguration of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 air show at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru.

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A Rafale fighter aircraft rehearses for fly-past ahead of 12th edition of AERO India 2019 at Yelahanka airbase in Bengaluru.

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