Air exercise Garuda VII, conducted jointly by France and India

Aerial exercise Garuda VII: At Jodhpur Air Base, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Air and Space Force (FASF) take part in the “Garuda VII” bilateral exercise from October 26 to November 12, 2022. The FASF is taking part in this exercise with a troop of 220 people, an A-330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) and four Rafale fighter jets.

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Aerial exercise Garuda VII: key points

  • The IAF participates with fighter planes whose Su-30 MKI, Rafale, LCA Tejas, and Jaguar as well as helicopters like the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and the Mi-17.
  • Combat assets including AWACS, AEW&C and aerial refueling aircraft will also be part of the IAF contingent.
  • This collaborative exercise will provide both countries with a platform to improve operational capability and interoperability while exchanging best practices.
  • The bilateral exercise is currently in its seventh edition. At the air force stations of 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 participation of the IAF and the FASF in this exercise will promote professional commitment, the sharing of experience and the improvement of operational knowledge in addition to fostering bilateral ties between the two nations.

Important points to remember for all competitions:

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

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