CDS Gen Bipin Rawat to fly in a French Rafale
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JODHPUR: In the continuing Indo-French wargames Desert Knight-21, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat will undertake a sortie within the French Rafale fighters on Thursday.
“The CDS could be briefed concerning the wargames and the way the joint train could be enhancing interoperability between the air forces of the 2 international locations,” Indian Air Force officers informed ANI.
Apart from the operational briefing, the CDS could be enterprise a sortie within the French Air Force Rafale fighter for nearly one hour and could be familiarised with essentially the most superior fighter within the Indian and the French Air Force inventories.
The Indian Air Force kickstarted the primary main worldwide wargames involving its Rafale fighter jets in Jodhpur on Wednesday with their French counterparts.
As a part of the primary version of the train Desert Knight-21, 4 French Rafale fighters landed in Jodhpur after flying immediately for round 4 hours from the Djibouti airbase utilizing their A-330 multirole tanker transport plane which additionally landed right here.
Exercise Desert Knight-21, is being at Jodhpur Air Force Station from January 20 to January 24 this 12 months.
The French are taking part with Rafale, Airbus A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), A-400M Tactical Transport plane and roughly 175 personnel.
The Indian Air Force plane taking part within the train embrace Mirage 2000, Su-30 MKI, Rafale, IL-78 Flight Refuelling Aircraft, Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) and AEW&C plane.
The train 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 Space Force held six editions of air workouts named ‘Garuda’ — the newest being in 2019 at Air Force Base Mont-de-Marsan in France.
As measures to additional the present cooperation, the 2 forces have been gainfully utilising out there alternatives to conduct ‘hop-exercises’.
The French Air and Space Force deployment, whereas ferrying to Australia for Ex Pitchblack in 2018, was hosted by the IAF on the air drive stations in Agra and Gwalior for train with fighters and MRTT plane.
Currently, the French detachment for Ex Desert Knight-21 is deployed in Asia as a part of their ‘Skyros Deployment’ and has ferried in forces to Air Force Station Jodhpur.

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