LCA Tejas makes its international air exercise debut outside of India for the first time. An IAF contingent has arrived in the UAE to participate in the multilateral exercise, Ex Desert Flag. The exercise will be conducted until March 17 Mar 23, and the Indian Air Force participating with five LCA Tejas and two C-17 aircraft. This will be a good opportunity for Tejas to showcase its capabilities to the world.
Ex Desert Flag is an annual multi-lateral large force employment exercise hosted by UAE. The objectives for the exercise were to expose coalition participating forces to large force employment, sharpen tactical capabilities, and enhance interoperability along with fostering closer relations between the participating forces. The aim for the participating crew and specialist observers was to expose them to operational environment in scenarios requiring multinational forces working together. IAF has been actively participating in operational international exercises, wherein collaborative engagements are enhanced. A multinational Exercise in UAE with friendly forces afforded a unique opportunity to gain valuable learning to all the participating forces. The knowledge gained, lessons learnt and bonds made during the course of Ex Desert Flag will go a long way in bolstering the professional capabilities of the participating forces.