The US Air Force (USAF) has invited the Indian Air Force to take part in the Air Exercise, “Ex-Red Flag-16-1” which is scheduled from 28 Apr 16 to 13 May 2016 at Eielson AFB Alaska. The Exercise Red Flag is a multinational air exercise, originally conceived in 1975 by USAF to provide operational exposure and mutual exchange of Op capability of friendly Air Forces.
The IAF contingent along with the aircraft departed from Jamnagar on 03 Apr 2016 for Eielson Air Force Base Alaska in USA. The contingent led by Group Captain H Assudani would aim to demonstrate its ability to project air power in transcontinental deployment of a task force comprising Su-30 MKI, Jaguars, IL-78 tankers and C-17 strategic airlift aircraft.
During the exercise, Su-30 MKI and Jaguars along with USAF fighters will be operating in composite formations under various near realistic scenarios. The exercise will provide ample opportunity for exchange of ideas relating to concept of operations in a dynamic warfare environment. This multinational air exercise assumes importance in view of the continued engagement of the IAF with Foreign friendly countries.