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Avia Indra I: India-Russia Air Force Joint Exercise
Dec 02, 2014

AviaIndra-I, Phase II, a joint Indo-Russia Air Force exercise was held at Air Force Station Halwara (Punjab) from 17 to 27 November. The Phase-I of the AviaIndra-I was held at Astrakhan near Caspian Sea in Russia in August 2014.

Such exercises, specially with Russia are of significance as the IAF has a large inventory of Russian equipment. For the diverse defence needs of the two Air Forces there is much to benefit from such engagements for both sides. The joint Air Force exercise between the two countries takes the historic and strategic military partnership between India and Russia to a new level.

During the exercise, fighter, helicopter and missile crew of the two countries operated together. It included Air to Ground firing and fighter sorties over the mighty Himalayas. Select members of the team were taken to Bengaluru, where they were introduced to indigenous programs, including the LCA Tejas and Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv.

To commemorate the event, the two commanders unveiled a hand carved stone to symbolize growth of this unique partnership etched in the stone for posterity.


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