Indian, French Rafale Fighters Begin Bilateral Air Exercise Desert Knight Wargames In Rajasthan
The Indian Air Force (IAF) started the first major international wargames involving its Rafale fighter jets in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on Wednesday with their French counterparts.
As part of the first edition of the exercise Desert Knight-21, four French Rafale fighters landed in Jodhpur after flying directly for around four hours from the Djibouti airbase using their A-330 multirole tanker transport aircraft which also landed.
Exercise Desert Knight-21 is being held at Jodhpur Air Force Station from January 20 to January 24 this year.
The French are participating with Rafale, Airbus A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), A-400M Tactical Transport aircraft and approximately 175 personnel.
The IAF aircraft participating in the exercise include Mirage 2000, Su-30 MKI, Rafale, IL-78 Flight Refuelling Aircraft, AWACS and AEW&C aircraft.