Air Exercises Current Affairs - 2020

Indra Dhanush Exercise 2020: India-UK joint Air Force Exercise held at Air Force Station Hindon

The 5th edition of the Exercise Indra Dhanush commenced on 24th February, 2020. It is a joint air force exercise between the Indian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom.

Highlights

The Exercise focused on “Base Defence and Force Protection”. Around 36 specialized combatants of the Royal Air Force participated in the exercise. From the Indian side, 42 combatants of Garud Commando Force participated in the exercise.

The Exercise was held in Hindon Air Force Station

Hindon Air Force Station

The Hindon Air Force Station operates under Western Air Command. It is the eighth largest air base in the world and the largest air base in Asia. It is located in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Garud Commando Force

The Garud Commando Force was formed in September 2004. The force is mainly tasked with the protection of air bases and installations, disaster relief, search and rescue operations during hostilities. They are currently deployed in Congo to fulfill United Nations Peace keeping operations.

Exercise AVIAINDRA between Indian and Russian air forces held at Jodhpur

The second edition of service specific exercise AVIAINDRA between Indian Air Force and Russian Federation Aerospace Force (RFSAF) was held at Air Force Station Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The inaugural IAF-RFSAF Ex AVIAINDRA was conducted in 2014 and since then it is conducted bi-annually (twice a year) in both countries.

AVIAINDRA 2018

The aim of this exercise is focused towards anti-terrorist operations in bi-lateral scenario. It also seeks to further enhance co-operation and understanding between Air forces of both countries in each other’s Concept of Operations. This edition of exercise is planned in two phases.

The exercise is unique wherein foreign participant does not bring its air assets. In Russia IAF pilots flew alongside their Russian counterparts in RFSAF aircraft at Lipetsk in September 2018. Similarly in India, RFSAF pilots will fly alongside their Indian counterparts in the IAF aircraft, which are common to both Air Forces.