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India-UK Bilateral Air Exercise: Indradhanush-IV
Aug 12, 2015

The fourth edition of the Indo-UK bilateral air exercise named Indradhanush was held in the UK from 21-31 July. The 190-strong contingent of the IAF took part in it. 

  • The air elements that took part in the air exercise this time were the Su-30 MKI, IL-78 tankers, C-17 and C-130J transport aircraft from the IAF and the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Voyager tanker, C-17 and C-130J from the RAF. 

  • The Indian Garud commandos participated alongside their British counterparts, the RAF Regiment of the Special Forces. 

  • Such exercises are conducted under controlled conditions with mutually agreed weapons performance parameters, with the basic aim of learning from each other’s best practices. 

  • Additional advantages that accrue are greater understanding of each other’s general operational philosophy and exposure to a different operating environment. In combat exercises, definite objectives are laid down for each component participating. 

  • After the exercise, during debrief, a detailed analysis is carried out to assess the extent of achievement of laid down objectives.

  • Mutual exchange of ideas as regards operational philosophy for tactical and strategic missions has provided invaluable learning for both sides. 

  • The exercise provided opportunity for the exchange of ideas relating to concept of operations in a dynamic warfare environment. 

  • The bonhomie amongst personnel on both sides has been exceptional and in the true spirit of a bilateral exercise. 

  • The air-crew of both the Air Forces have performed exceptionally well, demonstrating their high standards of training, operational preparedness, flexibility and adaptability. 

  • The RAF had been very forthcoming in meeting all operational, maintenance and administrative requirements of the IAF contingent. 


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