The Indian and French Air Forces have started the fifth fortnight long exercise at Jodhpur Air Base in Rajasthan, India.The exercise aims to enable the two air forces to engage in operations based on their operational philosophy and methodology of operations by practicing various challenging air situation scenarios, in order to validate their capabilities and help enhance operational cooperation.
During the exercise, the participants are expected to perform air to air refuelling, basic and advanced fighter interceptions, protection of high-value aerial targets and group combat manoeuvring, according to the officials.The exercises are scheduled to conclude on 12 June
Su-30, Mig-27 (UPG), Mig-21 Bison, Beriev A-50EI AWACS and IL-78flight refueller aircraft
French Air Force:
Rafale fighter aircraft along with their KC 135 refueller for the exercise
IAF Jodhpur Air force base