The Commander in Chief, Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF), Col. Gen. Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev reviewing the Guard of Honour, in New Delhi on November 17, 2014.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Chairman COSC, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha presenting a memento to the Commander in Chief of Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF) Col. Gen. Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev, in New Delhi on November 17, 2014.
An eighteen member Russian Air Force team arrived today at Air Force Station Halwara in Punjab to participate in Phase II of the Indo-Russian bilateral exercise "AVIA-INDRA". Phase I of the exercise was held at Russia for two weeks during August-September 2014.
The Russian delegation is headed by Major General Alexander N Lyapkin and consists of Fighter and Helicopter aircrew as well as Air Defence crew among other members. Russian team will be in India up to 28 November 2014.
During the exercise, Russian aircrew would be flying the Su-30 MKI, Mi-17 & Mi-35 aircraft with the IAF, at Air Force Station Halwara. The joint exercise will further strengthen the relations between the two Air Forces taking forward the India – Russia strategic partnership. Commencement of this exercise also coincides with the visit of Commander-in-Chief of Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF), Colonel General Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev, who called on Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan) today.