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MS Dhoni hails formal induction of Rafale into IAF, lavishes praise on pilots calling them ‘world’s best'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 September 2020, 15:56 IST

Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army, Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday took to Twitter to express his delight at the formal induction of Rafale aircraft into Indian Air Force (IAF). MS Dhoni also lavished praise on IAF Pilots referring them as‘world’s best fighter pilots’.

“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 aircrafts with the IAF the potent bird’s lethality will only increase”, Dhoni wrote.

“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 new target to dogfight with and wait for BVR engagement till their upgrade to Super Sukhoi,” Dhoni added.


Currently, MS Dhoni is in the UAE to take part in the upcoming Indian Premier League season (IPL 2020), he will be in action in a competitive game for the first time since playing the ICC World Cup semi-final in 2019, when Chennai Super Kings (CSK) come face-to-face with Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener on 19th September.

The 39-year-old former India captain announced his retirement from international cricket on 15th August, 2020.

The much awaited Rafale fighter jets arrived in India on July 27 at Ambala Air Force Station and were formally inducted into Indian Air Force’s 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ on Thursday.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh presented an induction scroll to Group Captain Harkeerat Singh, the Commanding Officer of the 17 Squadron of the ‘Golden Arrows’ of the IAF therefore formally completing the induction of the 5 Rafale fighter jets into the squadron.

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First published: 10 September 2020, 15:56 IST