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Boost to Indian Air Force's offensive arsenal: 3-4 Rafale fighter jets to join in November

DNA Friday, 16 October 2020
It is to be noted that the first batch of five Rafales had arrived in India on July 28 and were officially inducted on September 10 by the Narendra Modi government.
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