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Joint Indo-French Air Force Exercise: Garuda 2019

Joint Indo-French Air Force Exercise: Garuda 2019

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to take part in its biggest joint air exercises of the year, with the French Air Force.

This would be the sixth edition of the Garuda air exercises jointly carried out by India and France as part of the growing strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Garuda VI will offer the IAF an opportunity to gain experience and information on operating its existing fleet of Sukhoi Su-30 fighters with the Rafale fighters, which are set to join its fleet.

The IAF contingent will include 10 Sukhoi Su-30 fighters, an Ilyushin IL-78 aerial refuelling tanker, an Ilyushin IL-76 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and 150 IAF officers.

The Garuda VI exercises will take place for two weeks beginning in the first week of July.

Garuda VI will be conducted at an air base in France. The last Garuda exercise was conducted in 2014 at the Jodhpur airbase.

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