The Indian Air Force and the French Air and Area Force (Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace) are set to conduct a bilateral air exercise on the Jodhpur air force station. The bilateral air exercise – Ex Desert Knight-21, will probably be carried out from January 21 to January 24, 2021. Through the bilateral air exercise, the French facet will take part with Rafale, Airbus A-330 Multi-Position Tanker Transport (MRTT), A-400M Tactical Transport plane and roughly 175 personnel. The Indian facet’s participation, in the meantime, will embrace Mirage 2000, Su-30 MKI, Rafale, IL-78 Flight Refuelling Plane, AWACS and AEW&C plane.
The exercise marks an necessary milestone within the collection of engagements between the 2 air forces. As a part of Indo-French defence cooperation, the Indian Air Force and the French Air and Area Force have held six editions of Air Workout routines named ‘Garuda’, the most recent being in 2019 at Air Force Base Mont-de-Marsan, France.
Indian Air Force getting ready to #Bienvenue @Armee_de_lair because the IAF and the French Air and Area Force come collectively for a bilateral Air Exercise, #DesertKnight21, at Air Force Station Jodhpur from 20 to 24 Jan 21. pic.twitter.com/9GSADe4Cfe
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) January 19, 2021
As measures to additional the present cooperation, the 2 forces have been gainfully utilising accessible alternatives to conduct ‘hop-exercises’.
The French Air and Area Force deployment whereas ferrying to Australia for Ex Pitchblack in 2018 was hosted by IAF at Air Force Stations Agra and Gwalior for exercise with fighters and MRTT plane.
Presently, the French detachment for Ex Desert Knight-21 is deployed in Asia as a part of their ‘Skyros Deployment’ and can ferry in forces to Air Force Station Jodhpur.
The exercise is exclusive because it contains fielding of Rafale plane by each side and is indicative of the rising interplay between the 2 premier Air Forces.
As the 2 detachments begin their air change from January 20 onwards, they are going to put into apply operational expertise gained throughout terrains and spectrums and endeavour to change concepts and finest practices to boost interoperability.
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