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Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa interacts with Russian and Indian Air Force Pilots during AVIAINDRA 2018 (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@IAF_MCC)

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff visited Air Force Station Jodhpur on December 2018 to interact with the participating forces of ongoing second leg of Exercise AVIAINDRA 2018 between Indian Air Force (IAF) and Russian Federation Aerospace Force (RFASF). Chief of the Air Staff was received by Air Commodore Philip Thomas, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Jodhpur. The second edition of Ex AVIAINDRA is aimed at exposing RFASF and IAF pilots to single/multi aircraft missions in a Counter Terrorism Scenario within the predefined scope.  The 30 member RFASF contingent comprises of fighter, transport and helicopter pilots. India, China Resume Joint Military Training ‘Hand-in-Hand’; Indian Army’s 11 SikhLi Participates in The Exercise.

The Chief of the Air Staff was briefed in detail about various phases of the exercise and was apprised of its progress. Post briefing, Chief of the Air Staff visited the RFASF and IAF detachment, wherein he interacted with the personnel of both the Air Forces. During the interaction, Chief of the Air Staff welcomed RFASF team and emphasised the importance of joint exercises, as they create an environment of camaraderie and provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Soldiers Teach Bhangra to Chinese Army Troops During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video.

 

He spoke about the long standing military partnership between RFASF and IAF and the common equipment that both the nations operate. He complimented the efficacy of Russian equipment, as it has played a pivotal role during various IAF air campaigns. Ex AVIAINDRA is a testimony of the Indo-Russian Military relationship and would enhance mutual cooperation and understanding between IAF and RFASF.

The second leg of the joint exercise started from December 10 and is scheduled to continue till December 21. The first phase was held in at Lipetsk, Russia from September 17 to 28. Meanwhile, earlier in December, the IAF also conducted the fourth edition of the Cope India exercise with the United States Air Force (USAF) at Kalaikunda Air Force Station. Both the IAF and the USAF practiced airborne assaults on ‘enemy’ territory using their C-130 aircraft and fighter jets including the F-15s from the US and the SU-30MKI, Mirage-2000 and Jaguar fighters from India.

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