British air chief to visit India next week

British air chief Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton would be on a two-day visit to India to witness the ongoing friendly aerial wargames.

New Delhi: British air chief Air Chief
Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton would be on a two-day visit to
India to witness the ongoing friendly aerial wargames.

India and United Kingdom are participating with their
frontline fighter jets such as the Sukhoi-30MKI and the
Eurofighter in the bilateral aerial exercise codenamed
`Indradhanush` which began on October 18 at the Kalaikunda air
base in West Bengal and will conclude on November 3.

The Royal Air Force Chief will be visiting India from
November 2 and 3 to attend the joint air exercise, British
embassy officials said here.

The aim of the ongoing exercise is to enhance the
cooperation between the two air forces and learn from each
other`s experiences.

India has for the first time fielded its
recently-acquired Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems
(AWACS) in any bilateral exercise along with Su-30 MKIs,
Mirage 200s and the MiG 27s.

The Royal Air Force has also come up with its own
AWACS named the E3-D Sentry and the VC-10 mid-air refuelling
aircraft along with the Eurofighter Typhoons.

The ongoing exercise is the third of the Indradhanush
series of wargames between the two countries. The first one
was held in Agra and Gwalior in 2006 and the second one took
place in the UK.

PTI

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