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Mont-de-Marsan hosts the Garuda exercice
The Garuda exercice will enhance interoperability of French and Indian military crews. © Dassault Aviation

Mont-de-Marsan hosts the Garuda exercice

The Indo-French air exercice ‘Garuda’ will take place on Mont-de-Marsan’s air base 118.

The French Air Force has announced Mont-de-Marsan air base is hosting the ‘Garuda’ exercice from the 1st to the 12th of July. The French Air Force explained: this bilateral tactic exercice “aims at enhancing the current level of interoperability of French and Indian crews in air defense and ground attack missions”.

To do so, several aircrafts are participating to the Garuda exercice. On the French side, the fleet is composed of aircrafts such as: Rafale, Alpha Jet, Mirage 2000, C135, E3F, C130 and Casa. However, the air force did not precise the total number of platforms that are mobilized for this exercice. For its part, India deployed four Su-30 MKIs, two C17s and one Ilyushin Il-78.

These aircrafts have rejoined Mont-de-Marsan air base 118 on June 28th, after having left India two days earlier. The French Air Force precised: “After a stopover in the United Arab Emirates and in Egypt, they were refueled in this last stage by a French C135 over the Mediterranean sea.”

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