Desert Flag: IAF Su-30MKIs & C-17s to take part in Joint Air Exercise in UAE this month

Ten countries, including the US, France, and Saudi Arabia will take part in the Desert Flag exercise. Two C-17s of the Indian Air Force will also be joining the Indian team for the exercise.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Mar 02, 2021 10:20 IST
Desert Flag: IAF Su-30MKIs & C-17s to take part in Joint Air Exercise in UAE this month
IAF Sukhoi SU-30MKI & C-17 Globemaster

According to recent reports, Six Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30-MKI fighters will take off for United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday to participate in the multinational exercise ‘Desert Flag’ to be held there over three weeks this month.

Ten countries, including the US, France, and Saudi Arabia will take part in the high-profile ‘Desert Flag’ exercise. Two C-17s of the Indian Air Force will also be joining the Indian team for the exercise, IAF officials said.

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Sukhoi-30 MKIs were part of the squadron that carried out a long-range precision strike against a practice target to mark the second anniversary of the Balakot airstrike on Saturday.

IAF Su-30s will be pitted against Mirage 2000s & F-16s of UAEAF (United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence) along with various aircraft of French and US airforce. 

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Saturday flew a multi-aircraft sortie with the units to commemorate the occasion along with the squadron pilots.

The sortie comprised three Mirage 2000s and 2 Sukhoi-30 MKIs. Bhadauria flew the Mirage 2000.

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI (NATO reporting name: Flanker-H) is a 4++ Gen twinjet multirole air superiority fighter developed by Russia's Sukhoi and built under license by India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force. 

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