Ambala: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that the induction of five Rafale jets is strategically important as of now owing to the current scenario on the borders.
He was speaking at the formal induction ceremony of Rafale fighter aircraft into 17 Squadron, the ‘Golden Arrows’, at the Ambala airbase in Haryana today.
“This induction is crucial for our current situation. It is important for our current regional situation. Our national security is top priority for PM Narendra Modi. And those who tried to stall acquisitions, have failed because of the firm resolve of PM Modi,” said Rajnath Singh.
“Its induction today is a big and bold message to the whole world, especially to those who are eyeing our sovereignty,” he reiterated.
“Rafale’s induction in the Air Force is an important and historical moment and it is a matter of pride for us to be witness to this moment. I congratulate the Armed Forces, and all countrymen on this occasion. The induction of Rafale in IAF’s fleet shows the strong relations between India and France. Both the countries have been economic, cultural and strategic partners since long. Our faith in strong democracy and a wish for world peace are the basis of our relation,” Singh said.
The Defence Minister also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his far-sightedness which has resulted India to acquire the aircraft within the right time.