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Anil Ambani flies sortie in Rafale at AeroIndia show in Bengaluru

Anil Ambani flies sortie in Rafale at AeroIndia show in Bengaluru
Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani showing thumbs up sign as he sit inside the cockpit of Rafale aircraft before a sortie during the 2nd day of the 11th biennial edition of AERO INDIA 2017 at Yelahanka Air base in Bengaluru. (Photo: PTI)

Bengaluru: Reliance Group’s Anil Ambani today took to the skies for a sortie in the French Rafale fighter jet aircraft at the Aero India 2017 airshow at Yelahanka airbase here.

The 30-minute sortie was a low level flight with a vertical climb starting from 1,000 feet going up to 6,000 metres and with supersonic run and multiple envelopes.

“This is a proud moment for any Indian to have flown the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft. I look forward to an opportunity to make these aircraft under ‘Make in India’ and serve our Nation, the Air Force and Navy,” Ambani said.

Reliance Defence has set up a joint venture with Rafale manufacturer Dassault Aviation for the execution of offset obligations under the 36 Rafale aircraft deal for the IAF at a value of 7.87 billion euros or about Rs 59,000 crore.

Ambani, a regular marathoner with a strict fitness regime, was kitted in flying overalls, G suit, Arm’e de l’Air jacket torso harness, flying boots and helmet with oxygen mask, sources at the five-day show said.