Avia Indra I, Phase II, joint Indo-Russian exercise, underway at Air Force Station Halwara (Punjab), entered its action phase today. A formal inauguration ceremony was held at the Air Force Station to mark the occasion.
The Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF) contingent that arrived here on November 17, 2014 underwent a week long orientation and adaptation phase – familiarising themselves with the operational environment and procedures. They will now jointly exercise with the IAF crew.
During the inauguration ceremony, both commanders, Air Commodore PV Vohra Vayusena Medal (VM), Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Halwara and Major General Alexander N Lyapkin of RFAF addressed the contingents. They reiterated the historic and strategic partnership between the two nations. A hand-carved stone was unveiled and saplings were planted next to it to symbolize the growth of this unique partnership, etched in stone for posterity. A traditional flypast by helicopters and fighters marked the occasion.
The visiting aircrew will also have an opportunity to fly over the Himalayas over the next few days. The exercise will culminate on November 27, 2014.