Indian Mirages to fly alongside Royal Air Force pilots during Cobra Warrior
Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel have been deployed to take part in the biannual multinational exercise Cobra Warrior 2023 in the UK, the Indian MoD shared in a media release on 26 February.
The latest iteration of Cobra Warrior is going to be held between 6 and 24 March at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, UK, but participating IAF assets and contingents have already departed from Air Force Station Jamnagar in Gujarat.
Indian aircraft en route to the UK include two C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift aircraft, five Mirage 2000 fighter jets and one Ilyushin Il-78M tanker aircraft. Around 145 IAF personnel will be participating in the exercise.
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‘The aim [of the exercise] is to participate in diverse fighter aircraft engagements and learn from the best practices of various air forces,’ IAF spokesperson Wg Cdr Ashish Moghe noted in a statement.
Apart from India, the exercise will involve aircraft and personnel from the US, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Finland and Singapore.
The IAF currently has five indigenous Tejas fighters, two C-17s and 110 personnel deployed at the UAE's Al Dharga air base for the multi-national Exercise Desert Flag VIII that is taking place between 27 February and 17 March.
The UK is a regular participant and host of a wide-range of exercises around the globe, but Cobra Warrior is the largest run by the RAF.
It sees the culmination of various qualified weapons instructor courses and training in high-intensity simulated warfighting scenarios with NATO allies and partner nations.
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