An Indian Air Force contingent arrived in the United Arab Emirates to participate in the Desert Flag VIII exercise.

  • An Indian Air Force contingent comprising 110 air warriors arrived at Al Dahfra Airbase in UAE to participate in Exercise Desert Flag VIII.
  • The exercise is scheduled from 27 February to 17 March 2023.
  • IAF will participate with five Light Combat Aircraft, LCA Tejas and two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. This is the first time that LCA Tejas will be participating in an international flight exercise outside India.
  • Exercise Desert Flag is a multilateral air exercise in which air forces from UAE, France, Kuwait, Australia, UK, Bahrain, Morocco, Spain, Republic of Korea and USA will also participate.
  • The aim of the exercise is to participate in multiple combat programs and learn from best practices of various air forces.
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