IAF contingent arrives at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska for multinational exercise ‘Red Flag 24’ | News from India

NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel landed at the US Air Force's Eielson Air Base in Alaska on Thursday to take part in 'Red Flag 24', a multinational air combat exercise.

Red Flag 24 is an advanced training program spanning two weeks that focuses on improving the skills and tactics required in air combat scenarios.

“Onward and upward. An IAF contingent arrived today at @usairforce's Eielson AF Base in Alaska, USA to participate in the upcoming edition of the multinational exercise Red Flag 24,” the Indian Air Force wrote in a post on X.

On their way to Alaska, the Israeli Air Force's Rafale fighter jets undertook a transatlantic flight with stopovers in Greece and Portugal.

“With the strong support of its IL-78 aerial refuelling aircraft and C-17 transport aircraft, the IAF's Rafale fighter jets embarked on a transatlantic flight with stopovers in Greece and Portugal,” the IAF said.

“Ex-Red Flag is a two-week advanced air combat training exercise designed to integrate aircrew into a multinational environment,” it said.

The India-US Joint Working Group operating under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) held an important two-day meeting in New Delhi in the first half of May. The main objective was to strengthen defense cooperation between India and the United States.

Air Marshal Ashutosh Dixit of the Indian Air Force and Brigadier General Joel W. Safranek of the US co-chaired the meeting. Discussions revolved around leveraging the unique strengths of both nations to enhance defence cooperation and co-production, the Indian Air Force said.

Senior officials, including Brigadier General Joel W. Safranek and Air Vice Marshal George Thomas, Vice Chief of the Air Staff (Plans), participated in discussions to formulate strategic plans to strengthen bilateral defense relations.

The focus was on tackling challenges together through partnerships and joint research efforts, in line with the objectives of the DTTI mechanism introduced in 2012.

( with input from agencies)

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