Hilal Ahmed Rather

Kashmir’s Hilal Ahmad Alternatively, initial pilot to fly Rafale

India’s initial batch of five Rafale jets successfully took off from France right after four extensive several years and behind this results is  India’s air attaché to France, Air Commodore Hilal Ahmad Fairly.  

Air Commodore Somewhat, who hails from Kashmir’s Anantnag, saw off the very first batch of Rafale jets. Among other things, he has also been affiliated with the weaponisation of the Rafale aircraft for acclimatisation to Indian prerequisites.

Just about four yrs following France and Russia inked an inter-governmental settlement to supply 36 of the multi-job jets to the Indian Air Power in a Rs 59,000-crore offer, the initially batch of 5 Rafale fighter plane took off from France to India, properly on July 27. The jets are stated to be a part of the Indian Air Power (IAF) fleet in Ambala in Haryana on Wednesday, July 29.

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The Rafales fly out of France currently to sign up for the growing Indian fleet of aircrafts.

Lesser identified points about Hilal Ahmad Rather

Did you know? Air commodore Hilal has an impeccable record of 3,000 accident-totally free flying hours on mirage-2000, MIG-21 and Kiran plane. Scroll down to read through other information about the officer. 

  • Born in the south Kashmir’s Anantnag district to Hilal’s father, late Mohammad Abdullah Alternatively retired as a deputy superintendent of police (Dy SP) in J&K police dept. 
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  • Hilal studied in Sainik Faculty in Nagrota town of Jammu district.
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  • Commissioned in IAF as a fighter pilot on December 17, 1988.
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  • He grew to become flight lieutenant in 1993, wing commander in 2004, group captain in 2016 and air commodore in 2019.
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  • He graduated from defence products and services team college or university (DSSC).
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  • He also graduated from air war faculty (United states) with difference.
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  • He won the sword of honour in NDA.
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  • Hilal is a recipient of Vayu Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva medal.
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