The Indian Air Force (IAF) and its French counterpart Armée de l'air had a successful first week during the integrated flying sessions as a part of the Garuda VI joint exercise between Indian and French Airforce.
During the first week, the IAF pilots flew the Rafale jets and the French pilots flew the Sukhoi 30 MKI aircraft. In a tweet, the IAF appreciated the joint efforts from their French counterparts. In addition, they also posted pictures of pilots posing with the backdrop of aircraft belonging to the fighter fleet of both countries. Here's what they said:
"When we operate together, it's a step towards better Cooperation-Cohesion-Interoperability."
#ExGaruda2019 : During the first week dedicated to integrated flying, IAF Air-warriors flew in the #Rafale aircraft & French Air Force aircrew flew in #Su30MKI aircraft.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) July 8, 2019
When we operate together, it's a step towards better Cooperation-Cohesion-Interoperability.@Armee_de_lairpic.twitter.com/YPNxXsvpKN
From the pictures which were tweeted by IAF, the jets can be seen in a strategic formation in the skies over the French mainland. Here are some of the tweets from IAF official twitter handle:
Glimpses from #ExGaruda2019 . pic.twitter.com/PWMCDbhDeh— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) July 8, 2019
Glimpses from #ExGaruda2019 . pic.twitter.com/Ayg6nfHa5o— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) July 8, 2019
The French Air Force too tweeted about the ongoing joint exercises. Here's what they wrote:
"The first week for Indian and French airmen. From Monday complex flights for Su-30 will take place mingling with other units"
#ExGaruda2019 La première semaine s’achève pour les aviateurs indiens et français. A partir de lundi place aux vols complexes pour les Su-30 qui se mêleront aux autres unités ✈️⤵️ pic.twitter.com/eNEp7nQonX— Armée de l'air (@Armee_de_lair) July 6, 2019
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On Friday, French Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said that the first Rafale fighter aircraft will be delivered within two months and it will be "perfectly on time". Calling it an excellent aircraft, he said it would add a lot to the capacity of the Indian Air Force.
"The first Rafale will be delivered to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in two months from now, I think in September, perfectly on time. Thirty-six will come within the next two years," Ziegler said.
The French Ambassador further mentioned that his country will work closely with India to fight terrorism, which has not only caused damage to India but even to France in the past.