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Indian Air Force & FASF hold 1st edition of Bilateral Air Exercise ‘Desert Knight-21’

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Ex Desert Knight 2021Indian Air Force (IAF) and French Air and Space Force (FASF) participated in the 1st Edition of Bilateral Air Exercise ‘Exercise Desert Knight-21 (Ex DK-21)’ held at Air Force Station, Jodhpur for 5 days from January 20-24, 2021. The Bilateral 1st of its kind exercise involved the participation of Rafale fighter jets from both sides.

  • Other Indian assets which participated in the exercise are Su-30 MKI,  Mirage 2000, Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS), Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C), IL-78 Flight Refuelling Aircraft.
  • The participating assets from the French side are  A400M Tactical Transport Aircraft, A330 MRTT (Medium Range Tanker and Transport) aircraft.

i.Missions undertaken during the exercise:

  • Larger Force Engagement
  • The Exercises were conducted in realistic settings to enhance operational capabilities & interoperability between the two sides
  • Sharing of best practices & development of operational concepts between the two sides focussing on effective combat employment of Rafale fighter jets.

ii.India & France are also jointly set to conduct wargames codenamed Exercise SKYROS in January at Jodhpur.

  • SKYROS is a war game which will involve Rafael Fighter Jets from both Countries
  • It will be the 1st Major Wargame of IAF involving the participation of IAF

iii.Other regular Defence Exercises between India & France are

  • Varuna – Naval Exercise
  • Garuda – Air Exercise
  • Shakti – Army Exercise

Recent Related News:

i.On November 4, 2020, 2nd Batch of Three Rafale Fighter Jets landed at the Jamnagar Air Base in Gujarat.

About Indian Air Force (IAF):
Chief of Air staff (CAS)– Rakesh Kumar Singh Badhauria
Headquarters– New Delhi

About France:

President –  Emmanuel Macron
Capital – Paris
Currency – Euro,CFP franc