Saturday was the last day of Exercise Garuda VII of the Indian Air Force running at Jodhpur Air Force Station in Rajasthan. In this special exercise between the air forces of India and France, which started on 26 October, both countries displayed their aerial prowess. Along with this, both countries worked to strengthen mutual cooperation, mutual partnership, and bilateral military relations.
During this exercise which lasted from 2 to 12 November, for the first time, the Indian fighter refueled tanks in the air with foreign air refuellers. Along with this, the pilots of Rafale of France and India also exchanged their skills in this exercise. Apart from this, for the first time in this exercise, fighter jets Tejas and LCH Prachanda developed in India were also launched. Along with this, a lot of work was also done in sharing the experience between the two air forces. During this, the real war was experienced through simulation.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense (MoD), Su-30 MKI, Rafale, LCA Tejas and Jaguar fighter jets from the Indian Air Force fleet participated in the exercise 'Garuda VII'. In addition, it includes the recently inducted Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) Prachanda and MI-17 helicopters, as well as the Air Force's Combat Enabling Assets Flight Refueling Aircraft, Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) and Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AEW&Cs), also participated.