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Joint IAF - RAF EX Indradhanush - V 2020

Published: 4th Mar, 2020

The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Royal Air Force (RAF) of the UKjointly commenced the fifth edition of Ex Indradhanush at Air Force Station Hindan on February 24.

Context

  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Royal Air Force (RAF) of the UK jointly commenced the fifth edition of Ex Indradhanush at Air Force Station Hindan on February 24.
  • This exercise's main objective is "Base Defense and Force Protection." This subject is important in considering the current dangers that extremist groups have been posing to military facilities.
  • Ex Indradhanush provides a platform for the IAF and RAF to share and jointly validate strategies and tactics to counter terror threats to their installations.
  • There are 36 specialized combatants from the RAF Regiment that comprise the RAF team, while 42 combatants from the GARUD Force will make up the IAF.
  • Both teams will execute missions based on jointly worked-out plans and scenarios. Special missions will encompass airfield seizure, base defense, and anti-terror operations in urban built-up zones.
  • The drills would involve the employment of several airborne sensors, tactical insertions by Mi-17 V5 helicopters, and para drops from C-130J planes.
  • The official end date of the exercise is February 29, 2020.

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