New Delhi, June 26 (HS): The sixth edition of bilateral exercise named ‘Garuda-VI’ between Indian Air Force (IAF) and French Air Force (FAF) will commence from 12 July at French Air Force Base, Mont-de-Marsan.
For the 12-day long exercise Indian Air Force contingent comprises of 120 air-warriors and four Su-30 MKI along with an IL-78 Flight Refuelling aircraft. C-17 strategic lift aircraft will provide the logistic support to the contingent during the induction and de-induction phase.
This is one of the biggest air exercises that has been planned between the two Air Forces. The last exercise, ‘Garuda V’ was held at Air Force Station Jodhpur in Jun 2014.
The Indian Air Force Su-30 MKI will be operating in a simulated operational war fighting scenario along with French Air Forces multirole Rafale aircraft. This will enhance understanding of interoperability during mutual operations between the two Air Forces and provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices.
Participation of IAF in the exercise will also promote professional interaction, exchange experiences and operational knowledge besides strengthening bilateral relations with the French Air Force. It will also provide a good opportunity to the air warriors to operate in an international environment.