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  • 24 January, 2021

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India-France air exercise: Desert Knight 2021 

India-France air exercise: Desert Knight 2021

  • Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Bipin Rawat flew on a French Air Force mid-air refueller aircraft at the India-France air exercise Desert Knight 2021 which concluded on Saturday, the IAF said.
  • The IAF is looking at leasing six mid-air refuelling tankers for which Airbus A330 is the lead contender.
  • A first-of-its-kind bilateral exercise, Rafale aircraft from both sides along with Su-30 MKI and Mirage 2000 aircraft of the IAF undertook complex missions, the IAF statement said.
  • “Both Air Forces exercised in realistic settings to enhance operational capabilities. The exercise provided an opportunity to share best practices and evolve operational concepts; particularly for effective combat employment of the Rafale fleet,” it said.

Source: TH


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