The most awaited three Rafale fighters may leave Istres-Le Tube air base, north-west of Marseille in south France, on February 1-2 depending on the weather conditions. The jets are anticipated to arrive in India after due mid-air refueling by close ally, the United Arab Emirates Air Force, using Airbus multi-role transport tankers.
While the last fighter is almost ready with fresh paint and all required enhancements, the fighter will arrive only in April, 2022.
The IAF will test the specific enhancements to their satisfaction under Indian conditions apart from verifying the original equipment manufacturers claims as per agreement, after the fighter jets arrive.
The upgradation exercise will be conducted at Ambala air base which has the maintenance cum repair set up for Rafale fighters in India.