Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Tuesday launched a military drill closed to Al Dhafra in UAE and Al Udeid in Qatar. Two air force bases in Qatar and the UAE, housing US troops and French troops, went on high alert on Tuesday morning. When three Iranian missiles dropped in the waters near the bases, as missile tests conducted by Iran.
The first batch of Rafale fighter jets is set to arrive in India’s Ambala Air Base on Wednesday afternoon. The jets were stationed overnight at the Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. Al Dhafra has been a forward operating base for France’s Rafale fighters since 2010.
According to a Fox News reporter, “Two bases in Middle East housing U.S. troops and aircraft went on high alert when 3 Iranian missiles splashed down in waters near the bases”.
Two bases in Middle East housing U.S. troops and aircraft went on high alert when 3 Iranian missiles splashed down in waters near the bases Tues. as part of Iran’s military exercises: official
Missiles landed "close enough" to Al Dhafra in UAE and Al Udeid in Qatar for concern
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) July 28, 2020
The Rafales began their journey from the Merignac airbase in the French port city of Bordeaux on Monday. They will be inducted into the Indian Air Force’s No 17 Squadron, also known as the ‘Golden Arrows’.
The five Rafale fighter aircraft are expected to take off from UAE at around 11 am IST and reach Ambala by 2 pm on Wednesday.
BBC reported that the US Navy has condemned the “irresponsible and reckless behavior by Iran”. Labeling it an attempt “to intimidate and coerce”. It mentioned that troops in Al Dhafra base in the UAE were asked to stay in bunkers. As a result of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) drill and missile tests.
There were reports last night that troops in Al Dafra AFB, UAE, were asked to stay in bunkers, due to #IRGC’s drill and missile tests.
— Nafiseh Kohnavard (@nafisehkBBC) July 28, 2020
Prohibitive orders have been imposed at the Ambala Air Force Station. Disallowing gatherings of more than four people and banning drone activity within a 3 km radius.
India purchased 36 Rafale fighter jets from France under a 2016 government-to-government deal at a cost of $8.7 billion. The delivery, expected to be completed by the first half of 2021, officially began in October, but the planes remained in France to train the pilots and mechanics.