The Fifth Indo-French bilateral Air Exercise “Garuda-V” is on from 02 June to 13 June 2014 at Air Force station Jodhpur. The previous edition of this exercise was held at lstres , France during 2010.
This aim of this exercise is to enhance Defence co-operation between India and France; and learn through a better understanding of each other’s operational capabilities. The exercise would help both Air forces in appreciating the intricacies of planning and conduct of combat missions in an operational environment.
French Air Force is participating with Rafale aircraft. KC-135 Flight Refueller aircraft along with its Air Force personnel, Indian Air Force is participating with SU 30 MKI, MIG27 UPG,MiG-21( Bisons), IL-78 and C-130J aircraft.
During this fortnight long exercise both the Air Forces would engage in Operations based on their Operational Philosophy and methodology of operations practicing various challenging air situation scenarios. The Exercise would help both Air Forces in appreciating the intricacies of planning and conduct of combat missions in an Operational Environment.
Frontline fighter aircraft of the IAF including the SU 30, Mig-27 (UPG), Mig 21 Bison and force multipliers such as the AWACS and Flight Refueller Aircraft IL 78 would be participating from the Indian Air Force while the French AF has fielded their frontline Rafale Fighter aircraft along with their KC 135 Refueller.
The Fifth Indo-French bilateral Air Exercise “Garuda-V” is scheduled from 2-13 June at Air Force Station Jodhpur. The previous edition of the exercise was held at Istres, France during 2010. The exercise will involve the assets of IAF’s main operational formations including the Gandhinagar based South Western Air Command and Allahabad based Central Air Command.
During the war game, both the Air Forces will practice aerial warfare which would include maneuvers to carry out surgical strikes.