JODHPUR, India: The joint exercise of the Russian and Indian air forces “Aviaindra 2018” has been continuing since December 10 in Jodhpur, a City in Indian northwest State of Rajasthan.
The exercise will last for 12 days, aiming at to enhance mutual cooperation & understanding between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Russian Federation Aerospace Force (RFASF) while flying missions in fighter, transport & helicopters of Russian origin.
#AviaIndra18 : The first day started with the Russian delegation being welcomed to AFS Jodhpur by Air Officer Commanding, Air Commodore Philip Thomas & team Jodhpur on 11 Dec 18.
The teams are gearing up for a rich engagement & learning during the exercise. pic.twitter.com/xcA6jThe9t
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 12, 2018
The RFASF delegation is being led by Lt General Lurii Sushkov who said that “I am happy & excited to be part of this exercise & we are looking forward to great learning”.
Initially, the RFASF delegation was given a detailed briefing on flying operations in the IAF, with special emphasis on procedures followed to enhance Aerospace Safety.
The RFASF team along with IAF participants conducted joint briefings on the flying operations planned during the exercise.
Later on December 12, the RFASF contingent commenced flying operations at Air Force Station (AFS) Jodhpur. The RFASF helicopter pilots flew alongside IAF Counterparts in IAF MI-17 V5 aircraft.
“The IAF & RFASF participants are gaining invaluable insights into the Training Philosophy, Piloting Skills & Operating procedures, which will further enhance understanding & Co-operation between the two Air Forces,” said a Tweet by IAF.
#AviaIndra2018 : Air Marshal HS Arora, AOC-in-C, SWAC, visits AFS Jodhpur, 13 Dec 18.
During his visit AOC-in-C welcomed & interacted with the participants of IAF & RFASF.
The RFASF aircrew has commenced flying operations alongside IAF crew in Su-30MKI, Mi-17V5 & AN-32 aircraft. pic.twitter.com/IJZKotx3l1
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 13, 2018
It is worth recalling that in parallel with the Aviaindra 2018 exercise in India, Russian-Indian naval exercises are also taking place.