Indo-French `Garuda` series aerial wargames begin
The fourth exercise of the Indo-French `Garuda` series aerial wargames commenced on Monday at the Istres Air Base in France, with the two countries deploying their frontline fighter aircraft.
New Delhi: The fourth exercise of the
Indo-French `Garuda` series aerial wargames commenced on Monday at the Istres Air Base in France, with the two countries
deploying their frontline fighter aircraft.
During the exercise, Air Forces of India and France
would engage in various missions ranging from close combat,
engagement of large forces and protection and engagement of
high-value aerial assets, IAF officials said here.
Commenting on the exercise, IAF contingent commander
Group Captain J Mishra said, "Focus of the exercise is
learning from each other`s best practices. Air Defence
operations in Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) and
non-AWACS environment would be central to our various
"The intensity of the exercise would be gradually
increased throughout its duration so that we learn and absorb
maximum from the exercise," he added.
India is participating in the exercise with six Su-30 MKI
fighter jets, three IL-78 mid-air refuellers and one IL-76
heavy-lift transport aircraft, whereas France has fielded its
Rafale and Mirage-2000 fighters along with its own refuelling
For the first time, the Singaporean Air Force is also
participating in the exercise with its Block-52 F-16 fighters.
During the exercise, IAF`s special forces will carry out
jumps along with the French special forces and the IL-76 will
be used in static line drops with the French special forces.