(Source : Al Defaya) – Indian, French Rafale Jets Start Joint Exercise in Rajasthan

The air forces of India and France will conduct a joint exercise at the Jodhpur air force station from January 20 to 24 to share best practices, officials familiar with the development said on Monday. Rafale fighter jets from both air forces will take part in the joint exercise that will also see the participation of mid-air refueling aircraft and transport planes, the officials said.

The exercise has been codenamed ‘Desert Knight 21’. The French forces are currently deployed in Asia as part of their ‘Skyros Deployment’ and are transiting through India, Hindustan Times reported. (…)

Hindustan Times reported on January 1 that Rafale fighters of the French air force will land in Rajasthan this month to participate in joint exercises with the IAF’s Golden Arrows Squadron that was resurrected last September with the induction of the Rafale fighter jets. The Rafale jets will be taking part in an exercise with a foreign air force for the first time. (…)


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Photo © Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, French Defense Minister Florence Parly and Dassault aviation CEO Eric Trappier mark the delivery of the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets destined for India, on October 8, 2019, at Dassault, AFP, as published in ibid