New Delhi. Marking the continuity of growing bilateral defence cooperation with the French Air and Space Force, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC left on an official visit to France on April 19.
The visit of CAS from April 19-23 will enhance potential avenues for strengthening the level of interaction between the two Air Forces.
The CAS will hold meetings and discussions with senior military leadership of France and visit operational facilities and airbases. The visit comes after Gen Philippe Lavigne, Chief of Staff, French Air and Space Force (FASF) visited India in February 2020.
The two Air Forces have seen significant operational interaction in the recent past. IAF and FASF engage in the bilateral air exercise series ‘Garuda’, as well as hop exercises, the last being Ex Desert Knight 21 held at Air Force Station Jodhpur in January 2021.
IAF and FASF also participated in Ex Desert Flag hosted by UAE Air Force along with other friendly countries in March 2021.
The visit of CAS will be a significant step in further enhancing mutual cooperation.