A service-specific 12-day exercise between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Russian Federation Aerospace Force (RFSAF) commenced at Air Force Station, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, December 10.
The first phase of the joint exercise called ‘Ex- Aviaindra between IAF and RFSAF was conducted in 2014.
Ex Aviaindra-2018 is the second in the series of bilateral joint exercise, which is planned in two phases between India and Russia.
Both IAF and RFSAF pilots flew RFSAF aircraft during the training exercise held in September this year in Lipetsk, Russia.
The exercise focused on anti-terrorist operations in a bi-lateral scenario and enhanced the co-operation and understanding each other’s Concept of Operations, said an official statement of the Ministry of Defence.
In addition to flying exercise, a variety of activities are planned, including formal interactions, discussions, exchange of ideas and sports/social interactions between the two Air Forces.
In India, the RFSAF-IAF pilots will fly the IAF aircraft, which are common to both Air Forces, as was done in Lipetsk during the September exercise when IAF pilots flew the host country’s aircraft used by both air forces.
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