Gwalior/ Agra. Indian Air Force (IAF) and French Air Force (FAF) have carried out basic joint training at Air Force Station, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and Air Force Station, Agra in Uttar Pradesh recently.
The training was conducted on the return of the IAF contingent from the Pitch Black Exercise 2018. On the return leg, Rafale fighter aircraft and transport aircraft of FAF staged through Air Force Station, Gwalior and Air Force Station, Agra from September 1-4.
The trainibg includes fighter sorties by pilots in their respective aircraft with observers onboard each other’s transport aircraft supporting the missions.
It may be noted here that Indian Air Force (IAF) participated in Exercise Pitch Black 2018 at Darwin, Australia. Sixteen different nations from across the globe, including French Air Force (FAF) participated in this exercise.
This interaction with FAF provided a unique opportunity for exchange of experience and sharing of best practices during cooperative deployment.