Meet Kashmir native Hilal Ahmad Rather, who played a key role in Rafale delivery

New Delhi: On July 27, the first batch of the five Rafale fighter jets took off from France and reached India at 2pm on 29 July. In the much awaited moments of the landing, Indian social media users were quick to point out the key role played by IAF Air Commodore Hilal Ahmad Rather in the delivery of Rafale.


Rather is currently India’s Air Attache to France. He hails from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district. He is India’s first pilot to see off the batch of Rafale jets from France to India. It has also been reported that he was previously associated with the weaponisation of the Rafale jets according to the India requirements.

Hilal became flight lieutenant in 1993, wing commander in 2004, group captain in 2016 and air commodore in 2019. He has a record of 3,000 accident-free flying hours in different aircrafts. He was commissioned on December 17,1988, in the IAF fighter stream. Hilal also bagged the Sword of Honour in NDA.

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