IAF Rafale jets conduct exercises in Indo-Pacific region
Four Rafale fighter jets of the Indian Air Force carried out a drill in the Indian Ocean Region simulating a scenario where they outmaneuvered hostile warplanes to launch weapons at their target.
"Four IAF Rafales flew a long-range mission for over six hours into the IOR. The aircraft "fought" through a large force engagement en route to their Weapon Release Point," Indian Air Force stated.
The exercise was carried out a few days ago but the IAF released the information now.
The exercise is seen as very important in the Indian Ocean Region. The Indian Ocean serves as a strategic bridge with the nations in India's immediate and extended maritime neighbourhood. The national and economic interests of India are inseparably linked with the Indian Ocean.
The role of India in the region is evident in its vision of 'SAGAR ', which means ocean and stands for "Security and Growth for all in the region".
Moreover, China has also increased its presence and activities here to protect its large volume of trade taking place in the area.
The mission lasted six hours and involved mid-air refuelling of the Rafales that have significantly boosted the capabilities of the IAF.
India signed a government-to-government deal with France for the Rafale jets and all the aircraft have joined IAF.
The Indian Air Force inducted the Rafale fighter aircraft in 2020 only a few months after the stand-off with China started and was quickly operationalised.