A 45 member contingent of the Indian Air Force (IAF) left for Israel on Oct. 31 to participate in Exercise Blue Flag 2017.
IAF is participating in the exercise with the C-130J special operations aircraft along with Garud commandos. The exercise would provide a platform for sharing of knowledge, combat experience and in improving operational capability of the participating nations.
The team consists of personnel from various combat elements of the IAF and is led by Group Capt. Maluk Singh VSM.
This is the first time the Indian Air Force is operating with Israeli Air Force in a multilateral exercise setting. Exercise Blue Flag gives opportunity to the IAF to share and learn best practices with some of the best professionals from other Air Forces.
Blue Flag is a bi-annual multilateral exercise which aims to strengthen military cooperation amongst participating nations. The exercise is being conducted at Uvda Air Force Base in Israel from 02-16 Nov. 2017.
The two-week drill aimed at honing the type of planning, targeting and coordinated command and control demanded by coalitions operating in high-threat theaters.
Exercise Blue Flag 2017 will be largest and most complex air exercise in its history. The exercise will see the participation of nearly 100 aircraft and several hundreds of air warriors and support crews from France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Poland, the United States and Israel. Four foreign air forces were involved in Israel’s last Blue Flag exercise.
During the exercise, the fighter aircraft from other air forces will train together with the Israeli Air Force’s aggressor unit, “Red Squadron” (Flying Dragon), equipped with F-16C fighter jets.