Hilal Ahmad Rather, Anantnag, first pilot to fly Rafale
New Delhi: The first pilot to fly Rafale fighter aircraft is Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Hilal Ahmad Rather from Anantnag, South Kashmir. Presently, he is Indian Defence Attaché in Paris, France. He ensured Rafale’s quick delivery and weaponized it as per Indian conditions.
Win Commander Hilal Ahmad Rather won sword of honor in NDA when he passed out and is presently one of the finest fighter pilot of Indian Air Force.
According to report, WC Hilal Ahmad Rather has studied from Sainik School and hails from the Bakshiabad area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
He was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in 1988 and rose from being a flight lieutenant to now an Air Commander.
According to records accessible online, he has more than 3,000 hours of flying on Mig-21, Mirage-2000 and Kiran aircraft. He has received the Vayu Sena Medal, which is given for devotion to duty as Wing Commander in 2010, and the Vishisht Seva Medal when he was a group captain in 2016.
However, the first batch of five Rafale fighter aircraft took off from France for India on Monday and scheduled to reach Ambala Airbase on July 29.