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  • 29 October, 2022

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  • At Air Force Station Jodhpur, "Garuda VII" is being participated in by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and French Air and Space Force (FASF).
  • India is currently hosting it for the fourth time.

Garuda VII: What is it?

  • Garuda VII is the seventh iteration of the two-year-interval bilateral air exercise between India and France.
  • At the Air Force Stations in Gwalior, Kalaikunda, and Jodhpur, respectively, the first, third, and fifth editions were held in India in 2003, 2006, and 2014, respectively.
  • Four Rafale fighter aircraft, one A-330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), and 220 personnel will all take part in this exercise for FASF.
  • Su-30 MKI, Rafale, Tejas, Jaguar, Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), and Mi-17 helicopters are among the fighter aircraft used by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in this exercise.
  • Additionally, the IAF contingent will include combat-enabling assets like flight refueling aircraft, and airborne early warning and control systems (AWACS).


  • This collaborative exercise will give both nations a platform to improve operational capability and interoperability while also exchanging best practises.
  • The IAF and FASF's participation in this exercise will foster professional interaction, experience sharing, and the improvement of operational knowledge, in addition to fostering closer bilateral ties between the two nations.

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