New Delhi: A contingent of the French Air and Space Force made a strategically important stop at the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Sulur center in Tamil Nadu as part of its major military operation in the Pacific Ocean. There were also three Rafale fighter jets with the contingent. The support extended by the Indian Air Force to the French military reflects the implementation of the agreement that France and India signed in 2018 with the aim of increasing military cooperation.
A statement issued by France said on Thursday that cooperation with the Indian Air Force reflects the high level of mutual trust and interoperability between the two sides. The French contingent was hosted for a technical halt at Air Force Station Sulur on 10 and 11 August. The French force is conducting a long-range mission in the Indo-Pacific region codenamed Pagase 22 from 10 August to 18 September.
Indian Air Force made a technical halt at the station
“The first phase of this mission is aimed at a long-range air power launch by deploying an air force crew from metropolitan France in the French region of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean in less than 72 hours,” the statement said. ability to demonstrate.” To achieve this 16,600 km deployment, the Air Force team made a technical halt at Indian Air Force Station Sulur. The crew consisted of three Rafale jets and auxiliary aircraft.
Indian Air Force will also participate in the exercise
France said that, “The operation demonstrated a high level of mutual trust between the French and Indian Air Force, which is further boosted by the fact that both the Air Forces now fly Rafale jets.” ” In the next phases of Mission Pages 22, the French Air Force contingent will participate in the “Pitch Black” air exercise in Australia from 17 August to 10 September. The Indian Air Force will also participate in this multilateral exercise along with Australia, Japan, USA, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, UK and South Korea. The mission is a powerful demonstration of France’s capability for rapid deployment in the Indo-Pacific.