IAF contingent arrives in Alaska for multinational exercise Red Flag 24

May 30, 2024 2:38 PM IST

New Delhi (India), May 30 (ANI): The Indian Air Force contingent arrived at the US Air Force’s Eielson AF base in Alaska on Thursday to participate in the multinational exercise ‘Red Flag 24’.
Exercise Red Flag is a two-week advanced air combat training course.
“Onwards and upwards. An IAF contingent today arrived at @usairforce’s Eielson AF base, Alaska, USA, to participate in the upcoming edition of the multinational exercise Red Flag 24,” the Indian Air Force said in a message on X.
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While en route to Alaska, the IAF Rafale fighter jets made a transatlantic flight with stops in Greece and Portugal.

“Skillfully supported by their IL-78 air-to-air tankers and the C-17 transport ac, the IAF Rafale fighters took off on a transatlantic flight with stops in Greece and Portugal,” the IAF said.
“Aimed at integrating aircrews into a multinational environment, Ex-Red Flag is a two-week advanced air combat training course,” it added.

Earlier, the joint Indo-US Working Group, operating under the Defense Tech and Trade Initiative (DTTI), met for a crucial two-day meeting in New Delhi in the early weeks of May to strengthen defense cooperation between the two nations.
The meeting was chaired by Indian Air Force Deputy Chief Marshal Ashutosh Dixit and US Brigadier General Joel W Safranek, the co-chairs of the group, with discussions focused on leveraging the respective strengths of both partner countries to enhance defense cooperation and the production collaboration, according to the Indian Air Force.
During the intensive sessions, key officials, including Brigadier General Joel W. Safranek and Air Vice Marshal George Thomas, Deputy Chief of the Air Force (Plans), delved into strategic plans aimed at deepening bilateral defense ties.
The focus was on overcoming challenges through partnership and cooperative research, in line with the objectives of the DTTI mechanism established in 2012. (ANI)

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