On July 29, 2020, the first batch of five Rafael jets landed in Ambala Air Force base in Haryana.
The Rafale jets were manufactured in France. The ferry was planned in two stages and was undertaken by the Indian Air Force pilot, which covered a distance of nearly 8500 km from France to India. Rafale jets were escorted by two Sukhoi 30 MKI supersonic fighters as they entered Indian airspace. French Air Force (FAF) Tanker had provided dedicated Air-to-Air Refuelling support during the flight. Further, the formal induction ceremony of Rafale aircraft in 17 Squadron is scheduled in the second half of Aug 2020.