Rafale In Air Exercise: An Indian Air Force contingent will participate in a three-week-long multinational air exercise at the Mont-de-Marsan Military Base in France. Four Rafale jets, two C-17 aircraft and two IL-78 mid-air refuellers will be deployed in this air exercise. The Air Force team is leaving on Friday (April 14). After joining the Indian Air Force, Rafale jet is participating in foreign exercise for the first time.
The Air Force said that a team of IAF will leave for France to participate in the Mont-de-Marsan exercise. The exercise will be conducted from April 17 to May 5 with Indian Air Force contingents. It will include four Rafale, 2 C-17, 2 L-78 aircraft and 165 Air Force personnel.
This country is taking part
Apart from the Indian Air Force and the French Air and Space Force (FASF), air forces from Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain and the United States will also participate in the exercise.
IAF said in its statement, participation in this exercise will further strengthen the Indian Air Force by adopting best practices from other air forces.
Gamechanger Rafale for India
The Rafale aircraft is made by the French company Dassault Aviation. India had signed an agreement with France for 36 Rafale aircraft. In December last year, the Indian Army had informed about the completion of this deal. The Air Force had told that India has got the last Rafale fighter jet.
The first batch of 5 Rafale aircraft reached India on July 29, 2020, after a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had described Rafale joining the Air Force as a game changer. According to defense experts, there has been a big jump in the capacity of the Air Force after getting Rafale.
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