Fact Check: Old video falsely shared as mid-air refuelling of Rafale jets on their way to India

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Following the arrival of five-Rafale jets, a video of mid-air refuelling of a jet is doing rounds on social media. It is being claimed that the video was shot from inside one of the Rafale jets which arrived in India when they were refuelled mid-air.

The caption read: “Mid-air refueling of Rafale Fighter Jets on their way to India.”

The same video was posted by popular Bollywood paparazzi Viral Bhayani with the same claim.


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Few shots from 30,000 feet! Mid air refuelling of #RafaleJets on their way to #India

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above video and found the claim attached to it to be false.
We extracted the keyframes of the video and put them through Reverse Image Search. The search results led us the same video posted by the official twitter handle of the Brazilian Air Force on September 28, 2018.

The video shows the refuelling of Brazilian Navy’s A-4 fighter jets.
The tweet read: “Interoperability! F-5 fighter of the Brazilian Air Force performs in-flight refuelling on Brazilian Navy A-4 fighter jets.” (Translated from Portuguese).
However, the Indian Air Force shared a set of pictures which shows mid-air refuelling of the Rafale jets.

In conclusion, the above information establishes that the video in question is OLD and has no connection with the five Rafale jets that arrived in India on July 29, 2020.

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