Lieutenant Colonel and World Cup-winning former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday lauded the inauguration of Rafale jets into the Indian Air Force (IAF), saying the “potent bird’s lethality will only increase” in the hands of our pilots.
Dhoni expressed his prosperity at five Rafale Rafale fighter jets being formally inaugurated into the 17 Squadron of the IAF at a glittering ceremony at the Ambala airbase.
“With the Final Induction Ceremony, the world’s best combat-proven 4.5Gen fighter plane gets the world’s best fighter pilots. In the hands of our pilots and the mix of different aircraft with the IAF the potent bird’s lethality will only increase, ” Dhoni tweeted.
First imported fighter jet since Sukhoi-30s from Russia
Defence minister Rajnath Singh and France minister of the armed force Florence Parly attended the inauguration ceremony on Thursday.
The 39-year-old, who announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15 also wished 17 Squadron luck.
“Wishing The Glorious 17 Squadron (Golden Arrows) all the very best and for all of us hope the Rafale beats the service record of the Mirage 2000 but Su30MKI remains my fav and the boys get the new target to dogfight with and wait for BVR engagement till their upgrade to Super Sukhoi,” Dhoni said.
IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal (ACM) R.K.S. Bhadauria was also present at the inauguration ceremony.
This is the first imported fighter jet to be launched into service since the Sukhoi-30s from Russia in the late ’90s.
Dhoni is presently in Dubai, all set to gear up for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season that commences from September 19 in United Arab Emirates (UAE).