Frontline Indian Air Force base in Hasimara in West Bengal is likely to be one of the bases for a Rafale squadron, informed sources said on Friday.
The first squadron is likely to be based at the Sarsawa base in Uttar Pradesh. One more base for the third squadron remains to be identified.
Each of these IAF squadrons will have 12 Rafale fighter jets.
Rafale is a multi-role combat aircraft built by Dassault Aviation of France. India and France signed an inter-government agreement for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters off the shelf on September 23, 2016.
Hasimara is an important air base of the Eastern Command in northern West Bengal, located close to China, Bangladesh and Bhutan border and set up after the India-China war of 1962. Read More…