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INDO-FRENCH EXERCISE DESERT KNIGHT-21

INDO-FRENCH EXERCISE DESERT KNIGHT-21

Context

Indian, French air forces to conduct 5-day joint military drill around Jodhpur.

Details

  • The exercise—'Ex-Desert Knight 21'—is taking place at a time when the Indian Air Force has been keeping all its frontline bases across the country in a high state of operational readiness in view of the Sino-India border row in eastern Ladakh.
  • The aim of the exercise is to provide operational exposure and share best practices towards enhancing combat capability.
  • Both the air forces will deploy frontline fighter jets as well as transport, and tanker aircraft in the exercise.
  • The French and Indian air forces have been conducting the Garuda exercises for the last several years as part of efforts to boost operational cooperation.
  • The Garuda exercise is alternately held in France and India, under the framework of bilateral cooperation between the two nations.
  • Participation of IAF in the exercise will promote professional interaction, exchange experiences and operational knowledge besides strengthening bilateral relations with the French Air Force.

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