A fleet of five French-manufactured Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29. The new planes were escorted by two Sukhoi 30 MKIs after they entered the Indian air space in Ambala, as per the media. In the backdrop of this, an 11-second clip of an aeroplane refuelling another mid-air has gone viral with the claim that these are new Indian Rafale jets.

Twitter user @dreamthatworks, who is also followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, posted the viral video and wrote, “And that is how the refuelling is done mid-air #ThankYouPmModiForRafale #RafaleJets #RafalePowersIndia“. This tweet has been retweeted over 1,000 times.

Similarly, several Twitter users posted this clip along with the claim.


Alt News performed a reverse image search using InVid, a video verification too, and found that the viral video was tweeted by the Brazilian Air Force in 2018.

As per their tweet, the video shows Brazilian Air Force’s F-5 engaged in mid-flight refuelling of the Brazilian Navy’s A-4 fighter jet.

Images of mid-air refuelling of Indian Rafale jets were posted by the Indian Embassy in France on July 28.

The viral video was earlier fact-checked by News Mobile.

A 2018 video tweeted by the Brazilian Air Force was shared as mid-air refuelling of Rafale jets en route India.

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Archit is a fact-checking journalist at Alt News since November 2019. Previously, he has worked as a producer at a TV news channel and as a reporter at a leading English-language daily. In addition to work experience in media, he has also worked as a fundraising and communication manager at an NGO.