Friday, October 21, 2011

Indo-Oman Air Exercise ends

Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Oct 21, 2011

A four day joint exercise - Ex Eastern Bridge – 2011 - between the Indian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) concluded at Air Force Station Jamnagar.

This is the second of the series, the first was held in Oct 2009 where six IAF Jaguars had operated at RAFO Thumrait, Oman. It is the first time that the RAFO Jaguars have participated in a Joint exercise held in India.

The RAFO contingent comprised six Jaguar aircraft and 115 personnel. The IAF’s Jaguars and MiG 29s based at Jamnagar participated in the exercise.

RAFO Jaguars had ferried in directly from Thumrait and landed at Jamnagar.

The four day long exercise involved a variety of flying missions from each other’s best practices in terms of operational, maintenance and administrative procedures. The exercise gave vast exposure to the aircrew of RAFO and IAF, towards missions involving long duration sorties with in flight refueling, large force strike packages, air to ground bombing and maritime strike roles routinely performed by the IAF both independently and in mixed operations.

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