IAF team to participate in aerial war games in France

Published: Jun 25, 2019, 17:19 IST | mid-day online desk

The Indian Air Force tweeted that the exercise will take place in France between July 1 and July 14

IAF team to participate in aerial war games in France

An Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent, including Sukhoi fighter jets, along with with the French Air Force will participate in a joint air exercise 'Garuda'.

The Indian Air Force tweeted that the exercise will take place in France between July 1 and July 14. The Garuda contingent will depart on June 25. 

In a video posted on Twitter by IAF, Bareilly Air Force Base Commander Air Commodore M Ranade said, "The Indo-French joint exercise Garuda is going to be conducted in France very shortly. This is the sixth edition of the exercise which is intended for both the air forces to exercise together and learn best practices each one has to offer."

"A contingent of 4x Su-30 MKI, 2x C-17 and 1x 1L-78 tanker of the Indian Air Force will fly to France to participate in this exercise," he said.

Ranade said that IAF team will be putting their best forward to project the prowess of the Indian Air Force and are well prepared.

"I will wish the entire contingent good flying, safe flying and mission accomplishment with safety in mind," he said.

Earlier, India and France had recently held naval drills in the Arabian Sea under the Varuna series wargames in which Indian naval fighters along with the Rafale-M of the French Air Force took part.

India and France are strategic partners and have been enhancing their strategic cooperation since many years.

The Narendra Modi government had signed a deal for 36 Rafale fighters in the year 2016. The first squadron would be based in Ambala while the second one would go to Hashimara on the China border.

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