SpreadIt News | Digital Newspaper

Indian Air Force will send five Tejas jets to the United Kingdom for a multilateral air exercise

From March 6, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will take part in a three-week multilateral air exercise at Waddington in the United Kingdom, using a fleet of five Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA).

According to the IAF, the ‘Cobra Warrior 22’ exercise is intended at giving operational experience and exchanging best practices among the participating air forces.

Advertisement

The drill, which will take place from March 6 to 27, will be used to display the maneuverability and operational capability of the indigenously designed Tejas aircraft.

The IAF’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas will take part in the exercise, along with fighter aircraft from the United Kingdom and other top air forces, according to a statement from the IAF.

Advertisement

The exercise is intended to provide operational exposure and share best practices among the participating air forces, consequently improving combat capabilities and developing friendship relationships, according to the statement.

According to the IAF, five Tejas aircraft would travel to the UK, while the C-17 aircraft will supply the fleet with required transport assistance.

Advertisement

The IAF displayed Tejas planes at the Singapore Air Show last week, with an eye on the jet’s prospective sale potential to friendly countries in the coming years.

From February 15 to 18, three Tejas fighter planes and a 44-member Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent took part in the Air Show.

Advertisement

The Tejas aircraft, manufactured by the state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, is a powerful platform for air warfare and offensive air support missions, with secondary responsibilities in reconnaissance and anti-ship operations.

In other events, three more Rafale fighter planes from the Indian Air Force (IAF) arrived in India on Tuesday evening from France. The aircraft took out from a French airfield and were refueled in mid-air by the United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAE).

Advertisement

With the delivery of the newest three planes, India now has 35 of the 36 Rafale fighters for which it inked a contract with France in September 2016.

Advertisement