As the Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrates its 88th Air Force Day on Thursday, French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain also extended his wishes on the occasion.
“Congratulations @IAF_MCC on 88th Air Force Day2020! From Ouragan/Toofani in the 1950s to Mirage2000 and now Rafale, France has always partnered with the Indian Air Force!” he tweeted.
Indian Air Force has forged a close relationship with France in terms of procuring many war machinery from them. Even this year, India received five of the 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. It was a part of a 2016 deal worth Rs 60,000 crores. Incidentally, it was the largest-ever defence deal India has so far gotten into.
IAF Day celebrations are taking place at the Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Even PM Narendra Modi and the President Ram Nath Kovind have wished on the Air Force Day 2020. Apart, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh have also extended their wishes.
PM Modi on his message said: “Many congratulations to all the brave warriors of the Indian Air Force on Air Force Day. You not only keep the skies of the country safe but also play a leading role in the service of humanity in times of disaster. Your courage, valour, and dedication to protect Mother India is inspiring everyone.”
“On Air Force Day, we proudly honour our air warriors, veterans, and families of the Indian Air Force. The nation remains indebted to the contribution of the IAF in securing our skies and assisting civil authorities in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief,” said President Kovind.
The IAF was established on October 8, 1932, when India was under colonial rule and wasn’t divided. It was given the prefix “Royal” by King George VI for its contribution during the Second World War. The prefix was later dropped in 1950 when India became a republic.