Berlin: Germany is exploring options of
conducting joint air combat exercises with the Indian Air
Force (IAF) even as it looks at India as a market for the the
EADS` Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, its Air Chief Aarne
Kreuzinger-Janick said here on Thursday.
"India does joint combat training with US, France, Russia
and other countries. In future, we hope Germany and India can
engage in such exercises," Kreuzinger-Janick said here on the
sidelines of the Berlin Air Show.
India holds joint combat exercises with friendly
countries from time to time and is a much sought after nation
for the NATO countries for combined wargaming.
Indian and French air force have been involved in joint
air training, named Garuda, for several years now and the
fourth edition of these exercises will take place in France
These are held once in two years and both the countries
take turns in playing host to these exercises.
Kreuzinger-Janick agreed that Garuda could be a model
for India and Germany to "look at" for its joint air
US and India hold joint exercises for the army and the
navy as well.
"But we (India and Germany) need to find an environment
where we can do that. We are also talking about joint
exercises with the Indian navy and army," Kreuzinger-Janick
Germany has already discussed the issue with the Indian
government but an understanding has not been reached yet.
"Not yet. But we are in talks with India on joint
exercises. Perhaps, we can have a programme in future,"
he told Indian reporters in reply to a question.
He insisted that Indo-German air exercises could be held
periodically not only in one of the two countries but also in
Alaska, Sardinia or in some area along the Mediterranean Sea.
Germany is looking for partner countries to train
together with the purpose of exchanging combat techniques,
innovative use of technology and learning combat skills from
The German air force has of late put a lot of emphasis on
The German air force is also trying to form a "solid
base" of instructor pilots to train its personnel.
"I decided to concentrate on trainer pilots to get a
good, solid base of instructor pilots," Kreuzinger-Janick
He informed that visiting India soon is high on his
Kreuzinger-Janick expressed confidence that India would
choose the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter planes when the tenders
for 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) are
finalised sometime next year.
German wing of the European consortium EADS is
spearheading the Eurofighter Typhoon campaign for the USD 11
billion Indian tenders for buying 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat
Aircraft (MMRCA), described globally as the `mother of all