New Delhi, For the first time Indian Air Force (IAF) frontline fighter jet MiG 29 will participate in an international exercise outside India commenced on Thursday with the Royal Air Force Oman (RAFO). IAF and RAFO commenced the fifth edition of joint exercise Eastern Bridge at Masirah-based air base in Oman.
The exercise will conclude on October 26. Last time it was held in 2017 at Jamnagar. For the first time, MiG-29 fighter aircraft will be participating in an International Exercise outside India, an IAF spokesperson said.
IAF contingent is comprised of MiG-29 and C-17 aircraft. MiG-29 will be exercising with Royal Air Force Oman’s Eurofighter Typhoon, F-16 and Hawk. The exercise will enhance interoperability during mutual operations between the two Air Forces and will provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices.
The participation of Indian Air Force in the exercise will also promote professional interaction, exchange of experience and operational knowledge. Besides strengthening bilateral relations, it will also provide a good opportunity to the air-warriors to operate in an international environment.