Exercise Desert Flag VI in UAE : India to participate for the first time.

Exercise Desert Flag VI in UAE : India to participate for the first time.


The IAF is participating for the first time in Exercise Desert Flag VI which is going to be held in UAE. Through this exercise, India makes entry into multilateral wargames in the Persian Gulf region for the first time. The Indian Air Force will be participating in the same along with the air forces of the UAE, the US, France, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Bahrain.

The exercise is scheduled from today March 3 to 21 at the Al-Dhafra airbase in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Exercise Desert Flag is an annual large force employment warfare exercise hosted by the UAE Air Force. The aircraft that will be used by IAF are six Su-30 MKI, two C-17 and one IL-78 tanker aircraft. 

The Su-30 MKI aircraft will be performing a long-range ferry, flying directly from India to the exercise area with aerial refuelling support from the IL-78 tanker aircraft whereas the C-17 Globemaster will provide support for the induction and de-induction of the IAF contingent.

The forces will get a chance to enhance their operational capabilities. There will be a mutual exchange of the best techniques. The exercise will train the participants to undertake simulated air combat operations in a controlled environment

The participation of the Indian Air Force is a sign of India's growing military ties with the Arab countries. Last year, General M.M. Naravane had visited UAE and Saudi Arabia which was the first-ever visit by an Indian army chief to Gulf nations.


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