Jodhpur: Chiefs of IAF and French air force fly Rafale, Sukhoi-30MKI

Team India Sentinels Tuesday 8th of November 2022 07:20 PM

IAF chief ACM VR Chaudhari and his French counterpart

Jodhpur: Indian Air Force chief ACM VR Chaudhari and French Air Force chief General Stéphane Mille on Tuesday flew Rafale and Sukhoi-30MKI during the ongoing Exercise Garuda VII being held at Jodhpur air force station in Rajasthan.

The two air force chiefs participated in the exercise as part of a combined training mission.

ACM VR Chaudhari flies Rafale

IAF chief ACM Chaudhari told media persons that the joint exercise provides a unique opportunity for both forces to learn and imbibe best practices of each other during operations.

He also highlighted the growing interoperability between both air forces, which has been developing with each successive edition of the exercise, a regular bilateral exercise since 2003.

French Air Force chief flies Sukhoi over Jodhpur

Ex Garuda VII is also the first occasion for the LCA Tejas and the recently inducted LCH Prachand to participate in any international exercise.

The exercise, which is due to culminate on 12 November 22, includes four FASF Rafale fighters and one A-330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.

Apart from the LCA and LCH, the IAF contingent consists of Su-30 MKI, Rafale and Jaguar fighter aircraft, as well as Mi-17 helicopters.

The IAF contingent also includes Combat Enabling Assets like Flight Refuelling Aircraft, AWACS, AEW&C and Garud Special Forces.


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