IAF’s Su-30 to encounter France’s Rafale in a simulated operational war fighting scenario


New Delhi : The Indian Air Force contingent on Tuesday departed for the bilateral exercise between Indian and French Air Force ‘Garuda-VI’ from Air Force Station Bareily and Agra. Indian Air Force contingent comprises of 120 air-warriors and four Su-30 MKI along with an IL-78 Flight Refueling aircraft.

This is one of the biggest air exercises that is being planned between the two Air Forces. The Indian Air Force Su-30 MKI will be operating in a simulated operational war fighting scenario along with French Air Forces multirole Rafale aircraft. This will enhance understanding of interoperability during mutual operations between the two Air Forces and provide an opportunity to learn from each others best practices.

This is the sixth edition of Exercise Garuda and is being planned at French Air Force Base, Mont-de-Marsan. The last exercise, ‘Garuda V’ was held at Air Force Station Jodhpur in Jun 2014.

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