Since June 2, four Rafale fighters of the French air force’s 3/30 “Lorraine” squadron have deployed at Jodhpur air base, in India, to take part in the bilateral “Garuda” exercise. This is the fifth time the two countries hold this exercise, which will end on June 13.
“Strong friendship”: That is how Gen. Denis Mercier, the French air force chief of staff, described the relations between the French and Indian air forces during his June 9 visit to Jodhpur. “I was impressed to see such close teamwork after the first week of the exercise,” he said. “We want to mix our crews to facilitate exchanges; and I am happy see it is working out so well.”
The French pilots came up against Sukhoi 20s, MiG-21s and MiG-27s; in all, 12 Indian fighters took part. “The Indian Air Force deployed a lot of assets, which it used extensively, thereby demonstrating the importance it assigns to Garuda,” says Lt Col Nicolas Lyautey, 3/30 commander and French director of the exercise.
After the first week of familiarization flights, with visual-range air combat from one-on-one configuration through to 2-on-1 and 2-on-2, Large Force Employment (LFE) operations began in the second week. These included air-defense, escort, ground attack, air interdiction, etc. Many scenarios brought French and Indian crews to prepare together their missions, and to deploy their aircraft in complex and realistic combat scenarios.
This training reinforces interoperability between the two air forces, in an environment that is not subject to NATO operating standards, so providing French pilots with additional experience.
Ahead of the conclusion of the financial negotiations in the MMRCA deal, Dassault has pulled out all stops in raising its sales pitch to the Indian government. Showcasing its full might, the Rafale is participating for the first time in the Garuda V exercises against the Indian Air Forces Su-30s
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The Indian Air Forces Su-30MKIs and the French Rafale fighters will come together for a ten-day air exercise called the 'Garuda-5', aimed at training the pilots and crew of Indian and French fighters in air superiority operation in Rajasthan's Jodhpur airbase from June 3. The French composition for the Garuda- 5 will include four Rafale multi-role fighter aircraft and one air-refueler aircraft with more than 100 personnel
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The $22 billion fighter aircraft deal between India and Dassault is close to being inked, Indian Air Force Chief (IAF) Arup Raha said Wednesday. Raha said a deadline for finalization of the deal had not been set but added "it`s going to happen soon"
The Indian Air Force is set to prolong the operational life of trainer aircraft Kiran, Defense Minister Arun Jaitley said in Parliament Tuesday. The IAF has not been able to resolve critical wing and airframe design and development issue relating to developing the Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) as a replacement for Kiran aircraft
The Indian Air Force has grounded its fleet of about 40 indigenously-developed Advanced Light Helicopters Dhruv after a recent crash that killed seven personnel, the Press Trust of India reported Monday. The IAF choppers will not fly until thorough checks are carried out on them, IAF sources told PTI
Indias $20 billion deal to buy Rafale fighter jets may not conclude this financial year as negotiations are still to be completed without which budgetary provision cannot be made. The Indian budget for fiscal 2014-15 is scheduled for July during which a higher allocation for defence as compared to last year could be made
Dassault is preparing to recieve a contract for 72 Rafale jets from Qatar marking its first export order. According to a French government official, a contract would probably come in two batches of 36 aircraft
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