New Delhi (NVI): Exercise Desert Flag–VI successfully culminated today at Air Force Base Al Dhafra, with de-induction of the Indian contingent from UAE.
In the Ex Desert Flag, which is an annual multi-lateral large force employment exercise hosted by UAE, the Indian Air Force participated for the first time, fielding Su-30MKI fighter aircraft, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Defence.
Air forces of the UAE, US, France, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain also participated with aerial assets.
Meanwhile, Jordan, Greece, Qatar, Egypt and South Korea participated as observer forces.
The sixth edition of the exercise was conducted from March 4 to 27, 2021 at Air Force Base Al Dhafra.
The objectives for the exercise were to expose coalition participating forces to large force employment, sharpen tactical capabilities, and enhance interoperability along with fostering closer relations between the participating forces, the statement added.
“The aim for the participating crew and specialist observers was to expose them to operational environment in scenarios requiring multinational forces working together. Timely and seamless induction and de-induction was facilitated by IAF C-17 Globe master aircraft,” it read.
During the exercise, IAF flew Large Force Engagement (LFE) missions in near realistic environment involving many aircraft of varied types.
India successfully undertook all the planned missions, both by day and night, without any mission abort.
All possible assistance was provided by UAE Air Force ensuring that all planned activities were completed in time, the Defence Ministry stated.
IAF has been actively participating in operational international exercises, wherein collaborative engagements are enhanced. A multinational Exercise in UAE with friendly forces afforded a unique opportunity to gain valuable learning to all the participating forces.