"Exercise Eastern Bridge–V" Kicks Off
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"Exercise Eastern Bridge–V" Kicks Off

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: A file photo of Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UPG of the Indian Air Force / Source: Angad Singh

Image Attribute: A file photo of Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UPG of the Indian Air Force / Source: Angad Singh

On October 17, 2019, A ten-day bilateral air exercise, named “Ex Eastern Bridge – V” between the air forces of India and Oman was kicked off at Royal Air Force Oman (RAFO) Base Masirah in Oman. 

It marks the fifth edition of the air force engagement between the two countries, which will last till October 26. This exercise is being considered to be very important for India to help in deepening and consolidating military ties with Oman.

As per a statement released by the Indian Air Force (IAF), the exercise will enhance inter-operability during mutual operations between the two air forces and will provide an opportunity to learn from each other's best practices.

Image Attribute: MiG-29UPG Crew / Source: Indian Air Force - Media Co-ordination Centre Twitter Handle

Image Attribute: MiG-29UPG Crew / Source: Indian Air Force - Media Co-ordination Centre Twitter Handle

This is the first time IAF has sent in Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UPG fighters [from No. 47 Squadron (Black Archers) and No. 223 Squadron (Tridents)] for an international wargame outside the country and to lock horns with RAFO combat jets including F-16 and Eurofighter Typhoon. 

IAF's C-17 Globemaster III, which is providing the requisite transport support for induction/de-induction and RAFO's light multirole fighter Hawk 200 are also taking part in Exercise Eastern Bridge-V.

In 2017, the fourth edition Exercise Eastern Bridge (IV) was held at the IAF base in Jamnagar.

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