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Garuda VII air exercise, jointly conducted by France and India

Garuda VII air exercisee: At Air Force Station Jodhpur, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the French Air and Space Force (FASF) are taking part in the bilateral exercise “Garuda VII” from October 26 to November 12, 2022. FASF is taking part in this exercise with a troop of 220 people, one A-330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, and four Rafale fighter aircraft.

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Garuda VII air exercise: Key Points

  • The IAF is taking part with fighter aircraft including the Su-30 MKI, Rafale, LCA Tejas, and Jaguar as well as helicopters like the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Mi-17.
  • Combat enabling assets including AWACS, AEW & C, and flight refuelling aircraft will also be part of the IAF contingent.
  • This collaborative exercise will give both nations a platform to improve operational capacity and interoperability while also exchanging best practises.
  • The bilateral exercise is currently in its seventh edition. At the Air Force Stations at Gwalior, Kalaikunda, and Jodhpur, respectively, the first, third, and fifth editions were held in India in 2003, 2006, and 2014, respectively.
  • In France, the second, fourth, and sixth editions took place in 2005, 2010, and 2019.
  • The IAF and FASF’s participation in this exercise will foster professional engagement, experience sharing, and the improvement of operational knowledge in addition to fostering bilateral ties between the two nations.

Important Takeaways For All Competitive Exams:

  • Major General of the Air and Space Force: General Stephane Mille
  • Chief of Air Staff, India: Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari

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