In reflection of its gradual growth of defence ties with the United Arab Emirates, India participated in a multilateral air train within the Gulf nation alongside a number of different key gamers, together with the US and France, officers mentioned on Saturday.
The sixth version of the train ”Desert Flag-VI” was carried out from March 4 to 27 at Al Dhafra air base within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), they mentioned.
The train was additionally joined by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, whereas Jordan, Greece, Qatar, Egypt and South Korea participated as observer forces, the officers mentioned.
It’s a Wrap!
After profitable completion of #ExDesertFlag-VI, IAF contingent & all birds have landed again in India.
Thank you UAE Air Force for wonderful assist & hospitality. It was a fantastic alternative to fly collectively.#IndiaUAE
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) March 27, 2021
“The Indian Air Force participated in the exercise for the first time, fielding Su-30MKI fighter aircraft,” the Defence Ministry mentioned.
It mentioned the target of the train was to show taking part forces to giant power deployment, sharpen tactical capabilities, and improve interoperability together with fostering nearer relations.
“During the exercise, the IAF flew large force engagement (LFE) missions in near realistic environment involving many aircraft of varied types. The IAF successfully undertook all the planned missions, both by day and night,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.
It mentioned the train within the UAE with pleasant forces afforded a singular alternative to achieve precious studying expertise to all of the taking part forces.
“The knowledge gained, lessons learnt and bonds made during the course of exercise Desert Flag-VI will go a long way in bolstering professional capabilities of the participating forces,” the ministry mentioned.
The defence and safety ties between India and the UAE are increasing steadily.
In February, India despatched a warship to Abu Dhabi to take part in two naval defence exhibitions.
Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane visited the UAE in December final within the first ever go to by a head of the 1.3 million robust Army to the strategically necessary Gulf nation.
Gen Naravane held intensive talks with senior navy officers of the UAE and mentioned avenues for enhancing bilateral defence cooperation.
The Indian Navy mentioned it offered cowl to the IAF fighters whereas they had been flying over the Arabian Sea on their method again from the UAE.
“Mission Deployed for #OpSankalp in North Arabian Sea #INSTalwar safeguarding Blue Seas & watching skies above welcomes #Airwarriors. #IndianNavy providing Search and Rescue cover to #IndianAirForce fighters flying over Arabian Sea on their way back from #ExDesertFlag,” the Navy tweeted.
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