Amid border row with China, Indian Air Force (IAF) and French Air and Space Force (FASF) would carry out SKYROS wargames in Jodhpur. IAF would be flying Rafales for the first time in the wargames, in January next year.
In a major development amid the ongoing border conflict with China, Pakistan, Rafale fighter jets of India and France will carry out wargames under SKYROS in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The exercise will be carried in the third week of January 2021, news Agency ANI says.
The French Air Force Rafale fighters would be seen flying with Indian Rafales in Jodhpur for the wargames which would see them flying with Indian Rafales from the 17 Squadron and Su-30MKI fighters deployed there", govt sources told ANI.
This would be the first major wargames of IAF involving its newly inducted Rafale fighters. The wargames being conducted are different from the routine Garuda series Exercise that the two sides have been carrying out for more than a decade now and would see some complex manoeuvres being carried out by the fighters of both sides, sources said.
IAF is also planning to use Rafales and Su-30s frontline jets of the force in an integrated mode and a lot of steps have already been taken in this direction, sources added. India and China are engaged in a conflict over territorial disputes and agression by the Chinese PLA in Ladakh. Over 50,000 troops have been deployed by the India in reaction to the huge deployment of Chinese PLA.