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French Air Force contingent, including Rafale jets, makes strategically crucial stopover in India | Details

The French Air and Space Force is carrying out a major long-range mission in the Indo-Pacific, code-named Pegase 22, from August 10 to September 18.

Paras Bisht Edited By: Paras Bisht @ParasBisht15 New Delhi Updated on: August 12, 2022 7:49 IST
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Image Source : PTI (FILE IMAGE) A member of the French Navy is seen as he stands on a French Navy Rafale fighter jet.

Highlights

  • French Air and Space Force contingent made stopover at IAF's Sulur base
  • The contingent comprises three Rafale jets and support aircraft
  • It was part of mega military operation it carried out in the Pacific Ocean

A French Air and Space Force contingent, including three Rafale jets, made a strategically crucial stopover at the IAF's Sulur base in Tamil Nadu as part of a mega military operation it carried out in the Pacific Ocean. The support provided by the Indian Air Force to the French force reflected the implementation of the reciprocal logistics support agreement signed by France and India in 2018 to boost military cooperation.

Inside Details 

  1. The French contingent was hosted for a technical stopover at Air Force Station Sulur on August 10 and 11 during a long-distance deployment from metropolitan France to the Pacific Ocean. 
  2. The contingent comprises three Rafale jets and support aircraft.
  3. The French Air and Space Force is carrying out a major long-range mission in the Indo-Pacific, code-named Pegase 22, from August 10 to September 18.
  4. Mission Pegase 22 is a powerful demonstration of France's capacity for quick deployment in the Indo-Pacific.
  5. The operation demonstrated a high level of mutual trust and interoperability between the French and Indian Air Forces, which has been further boosted by the fact that both Air Forces now fly Rafale jets. 

"France is a resident power of the Indo-Pacific, and this ambitious long-distance air power projection demonstrates our commitment to the region and our partners," French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain said, lauding the IAF's role in the successful operation. He said it is only natural that to carry out this mission, France relied on India, and described it as France's "foremost strategic partner in Asia".

In the following stages of Mission Pegase 22, the French Air Force contingent will take part in the "Pitch Black" air exercise taking place in Australia from August 17 to September 10. The Indian Air Force will also participate in this multilateral drill, along with Australia, Japan, the US, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, the UK, and South Korea.

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