Rafael, a fighter aircraft to be purchased from France to increase the tactical capability of the Indian Air Force, may be received by the country later this month. It will be deployed at Ambala Air Force Station in Haryana. In such a situation, the Indian Air Force has reconstituted its ‘Golden Arrows’ 17 Squadron, which will be the first unit to fly Rafale fighter aircraft coming from France. Preparations are going on loudly. The resumption program will take place at Ambala Air Force Station on Tuesday. It will also feature Air Chief BS Dhanoa. However, Air Force Group Captain Anupam Banerjee said that Golden Arrow Squadron is being deployed in Ambala. He said that some 36 Rafale are being purchased from France. They will be deployed at Ambala (Haryana) near Pak border and Hashimara (West Bengal) airbase near China border.
Be aware that the history of the Golden Arrow 17 Squadron is full of heroic stories. During the 1999 Kargil War, the squadron was stationed at Bathinda Airforce Station during Operation White Sea. Then Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa was the Wing Commander. On 27 May 1999, the squadron leader Ajay Ahuja was on a mission when his aircraft was targeted by a Stinger missile. Squadron leader Ahuja was martyred in this. He was posthumously awarded the Vir Chakra.
Now the operation of Rafale planes will be assigned to this squadron.
Here, after the incident, the squadron pilots gave a befitting reply to the Pakistan Army and bombarded their important bases, including Wing Commander BS Dhanoa. Wing Commander BS Dhanoa was awarded the War Service Medal, Squadron Leader A Choudhary for the Air Force Medal, Flight Lieutenant RS Dhaliwal for the Air Force Medal and other honors for his outstanding performance in the Kargil War. This squadron was established in 1951 on 1 October. Before disbanding in 2016, the squadron operated MiG-21 aircraft, which are now being gradually phased out of the Airforce fleet. Now the operation of Rafale planes will be assigned to this squadron. With this, the role of this squadron in the Airforce will be the most important.