IAF to match top guns in Nevada

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  1. Oracle

    Oracle New Member

    Mar 31, 2010
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    Bangalore, India
    NEW DELHI: IAF may have ejected US fighters from its $10.4-billion project to acquire 126 jets, but is eager for its fighter pilots to match their combat skills with American top guns.

    The air force has taken the initiative to take part in the "mother" of all air combat exercises, the Red Flag, held at Nellis US Air Force base in Nevada.

    "We will participate in Red Flag in 2013. Since such exercises are very expensive, we have decided to undertake them only once in five years", says IAF chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik. The only time IAF has participated in Red Flag was in 2008, with eight frontline Sukhoi-30MKI fighters, two IL-78 mid-air refuellers, an IL-76 heavy-lift aircraft, 91 officers and 156 other ranks.

    The bill for the complex aerial combat manoeuvres, touted to be the closest one can get to real war, had come to over Rs 100 crore three years ago.

    "The Americans were surprised by our pilots, who flew as many as 356 sorties during Red Flag, and were full of praise for them. The exercise established IAF's capability to project its air power by deploying a trans-continental task force and sustaining prolonged operations there," said another officer. "The US had wanted Indian participation in Red Flag, which trains pilots 'to survive in war and win' in an advanced network-centric environment, to become a regular feature. We, however, have financial constraints," he added.

    But the fact remains that the stunning flurry of Indo-US military exercises, with well over 60 such joint war games being held over the last decade to build "interoperability", has been the most visible symbol of the upward trajectory in strategic ties between the two countries.

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  3. sandeepdg

    sandeepdg Senior Member Senior Member

    Sep 5, 2009
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    Last time, we participated in the Red Flag in 2008, the cost came to 100 crore rupees !! Phew, that's some freaking large amount, no wonder IAF has limited participation to once in 5 years.
  4. A.V.

    A.V. New Member

    Feb 16, 2009
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    Moscow, russia
    red flag should be looked at as just another exercise and nothing too judgemental
  5. thakur_ritesh

    thakur_ritesh Administrator Administrator

    Feb 19, 2009
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    Land of the GODS - "Dev Bhomi".
    love the way ToI and our media houses come up with jargons like mother or all deals-126 mmrca, mother of all combats- this one, big daddy of all deals - the sub deal, granny of all deals - 189 mmrca.

    sensationalism means no limits, so does stupidity!

    reminds me of ToI's obsessive propaganda a few years back of india being the next big super power.
  6. Godless-Kafir

    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

    Aug 21, 2010
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    I think once in 5years is too long, may be its should be once in 3years!

    Mean while we should invite other Airforces for Joint EX in India, that would be more suitable for our budget.

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