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Indo French Defence Exercises

Published Jun 26, 2019
Updated Apr 11, 2020

Garuda

The Indian Air Force is participating in a bilateral exercise between Indian and French Air Force named Exercise ‘Garuda-VI’ France from 01-12 Jul 19. This is the sixth edition of Exercise Garuda and is being planned at French Air Force Base,

Mont-de-Marsan. The last exercise, ‘Garuda V’ was held at Air Force Station Jodhpur in Jun 2014.

Indian Air Force contingent comprises of 120 air-warriors and four Su-30 MKI along with an IL-78 Flight Refueling aircraft, which shall participate during the exercise. C-17 strategic lift aircraft will provide the logistic support to the contingent during the induction and de-induction phase. This is one of the biggest air exercises that is being planned between the two Air Forces. The Indian Air Force Su-30 MKI will be operating in a simulated operational war fighting scenario along with French Air Forces multirole Rafale aircraft. This will enhance understanding of interoperability during mutual operations between the two Air Forces and provide an opportunity to learn from each others best practices.

Participation of IAF in the exercise will also promote professional interaction, exchange experiences and operational knowledge besides strengthening bilateral relations with the French Air Force. It will also provide a good opportunity to the
air warriors to operate in an international environment. The team departed from Air Force Station Bareily and Agra on 25 Jun 19.

Varuna

The latest edition of bilateral maritime exercise ‘Varuna’ between Indian and French Navy was held in May 2019.  The exercise was conducted in two phases with the objective of conducting advanced exercise for a significant period at sea.

The expenditure for the same was met out of overall revenue expenditure of the Indian Navy. Seven naval assets and their crew participated in the exercises.  Exercises with friendly foreign countries are conducted by Indian Navy as per approved annual calendar of exercises with the aim of enhancing regional cooperation and inter-operability.  Indian Navy has been engaging with friendly foreign countries in areas of bilateral/multilateral exercises, training and capacity building, hydrography and Human Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) as required.

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