Royal Air Force and Indian Air Force jets and tankers participating in Exercise “Indradanush. The 2-week exercise has seen the Indian Su-30MKI jets deploy to RAF Coningsby to train with the RAFs Typhoon FGRA4 Fighters. — Courtesy photo
Saudi Gazette report
JEDDAH — A flying contingent of the Indian Air Force (IAF) are on a maiden visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They are in the Kingdom from Aug. 1-4.
Indian Embassy Charge d’Affaires Hemant Kotalwar, while addressing a press conference, called the visit significant, and yet another feature that is set to give the Indo-Saudi relations a boost.
“The visit underscored the close defense ties between India and Saudi Arabia, which received a fillip following Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s visit to New Delhi, when he was Crown Prince in February 2014, to sign a Bilateral Defense Cooperation Agreement,” he said.
Kotalwar thanked King Salman and Deputy Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salam, minister of defense, for the support and cooperation rendered during the visit.
The contingent consisting of 110 IAF officers and airmen onboard Sukhoi 30MKI fighter aircraft, C-17 Globe Masters, C-130 Super Hercules and IL-78 aircraft while en route to United Kingdom for a multinational exercise landed at King Fahd airbase in Taif.
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